A fashionable feminist march, countless FOMO-inducing Instagram posts from bloggers, and an oversaturation of Kardashians….it must be Paris Fashion Week! Once again, it’s time to turn our attention to the city of lights for some of the best SS15 collections from the best designers in the game. We count down our top ten trends from PFW ss 2015!
1) THE NEW NEUTRAL
As the incomparable Coco Chanel passed down, style is best kept simple. It’s no surprise that in her hometown this advice would be headed. At Hermes, Stella McCartney and Chloe, palates were kept simple, with soft fabrications and neutral tones allowing the silhouettes do the talking.
2) THE BADDEST GIRLS IN SCHOOL
We’ve been shown preppy style at NYFW this season, but now, the good girls are going bad. At Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Chanel (which was complete with an anarchic feminist protest), twin sets get tough with unexpected pops of leather, colour and attitude.
3) EXAGGERATION NATION
It’s all about proportion. The bigger the better. At Ellery, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Kenzo, traditional silhouettes are stretched, sculpted, and skewed into a perfectly imperfect look. Oversized sleeves and overcoats meet mini dresses and a hat to make Pharrell blush, these designers weren’t afraid to dream a little bigger – literally.
4) A HARD-EDGED ROMANCE
Ah, Paris – the city of love, but what if it were a little less An American in Paris, and a little more Sid and Nancy? Romantic silhouettes are injected with a hard edge at Givenchy, Commes des Garcons and Vivienne Westwood’s presentations, welcoming the viewers to a darker side of florals…and a darker side of romantism.
5) ROCKSTAR 101
With Rihanna as your muse, you know the collection has to have a rockstar edge. Olivier Rousteing’s helmed Balmain SS15 was all about sex appeal, strength, and chicness…all stage ready. He was in good company, with Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent and Mugler dabbling in the trend as well (and were just as easily imagined worn by Bad Gal RiRi).
We’ve seen flower children, bold resort women and exaggerated flares walk the runway as part of the resurgence of the seventies trend, but at PFW the trend was reigned in to be simple and chic – Kate Moss, if she was born decades earlier. At Vionnet, Dries Van Noten, and Veronique Branquinho, the boho style set down the runway was chic, simple, and minimal.
7) THE NEW RECRUITS
Your old sports luxe this is not. Sleek lines, monochromatic colour palates, with just a hint of preforation – sportswear has been reimagined at Balenciaga, Zadig & Voltaire, and Alexandre Vauthier. The trend has been brought uptown, with chic separates and cordinating dusters are standout markers of the trend, and a stunning jersey evening gown courtesy of Vaulthier shows that you don’t have to be on the team to try the style.
8) INTO THE FOLD
Origami techniques make their way back onto the runway. From the delicate and intricate, to the exaggerated and fanciful, the soft feminine trend was seen at Issey Miyake, Yiqling Yin, and Ellery. A little bit of couture in ready-to-wear? Always in style.
9) THE LADY IS A VAMP
Prints have gotten bold. Thick brocades, manipulated florals, and layered, art deco prints make up the trend, adding a little gothic edge to spring. Seen at Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino it serves as the perfect trend for the girl who loves a spring print…but doesn’t want to give up her black pieces.
10) MASHED UP
Sometimes, two opposites just work together. This season, this has definitely rung true. Animal prints meet florals, solids meet geometrics, and everything in between for this season’s more daring trend. Elie Saab, Sacai, and Giambattisa Valli all rose to the challenge, creating beautiful juxtapositions for those not afraid of a little colour.