Paris Fashion Week AW17 is still in full swing but that doesn’t mean some of next season’s biggest trends haven’t started to already come through. Paris showed it’s still the jewel in fashion month’s crown (quite literally, in some cases) with everything from the bold and boundary-pushing, to the chic and oh-so-effortlessly French.
Loose, Wide Leg Trousers
At Paris Fashion Week it’s the trousers that have made an impact – this time slung loose at the hips, with a relaxed, loose and wide silhouette. It was seen everywhere on the catwalks: dark denim at Isabel Marant; bold louche suiting at Dries Van Noten; tweed at Chloe; and tailored and masculine at Lemaire.
At London Fashion Week we saw statement sleeves dominating the catwalks, and it seems the trend has made its way over to Paris too. At KENZO, where Humberto Leon and Carol Lim dipped into the original 1970s archives, sleeves were full and ruched and came covered in retro floral prints, while Lemaire went down a slightly more subtle route with shirts that came complete with billowing, un-cuffed sleeves.
We’ve seen a whole host of colours come through from Paris Fashion Week but the one that has stood out the most has been red. It came rich and dark at Maison Margiela on everything from cut-out varsity jackets to snakeskin trench coats; accessories (and models’ hair) at Saint Laurent; and on dresses, puffer jackets and blouses at KENZO.
It’s no surprise that PVC has cropped up time and again at the AW17 shows, having been the fabric of choice for street style stars in all of the major cities. It was done best at Saint Laurent, where Anthony Vaccarello created an ‘80s-style collection of PVC miniskirts, structured mini dresses, large corsages and gathered knee-high boots. He didn’t forget about the men either, offering a men’s high-shine PVC trouser alongside the women’s.
Embellishment: another trend we’re seeing crop up at the AW17 shows. At Paris Fashion Week, Balmain led the way (of course) with bejewelled capes, beaded tunics and jewel-encrusted knitwear, while Isabel Marant added it to her signature boho aesthetic with beaded dresses belted over knee-high boots, large diamante earrings and embellished denim jackets.
Words by Angharad Jones