Paris Fashion Week Trends

As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, we take a look at the top trends of the Spring shows. From Saint Laurent to Louis Vuitton, we discover what will be on the boutique racks next season.

Ruffles were popular in all four fashion capitals, and Parisian designers in particular mastered this trend for Spring 2016, with romantic touches and tiered layers. From ruffles on body con silhouettes to sheer materials, this trend was obviously made for Spring. Oliver Rousteing dominated this trend in this collection; the whole “Balmain Army” will be sporting these ruffles. Giambasta Valli certainly knew how to feature the trend in his dresses. The Italian designer went retro with ruffle embellished gowns, using striking patterns and bold colours.

Secondly, the idea of undergarments as daywear made a major appearance during Paris Fashion Week. Designers in New York and Milan focused especially on the infamous slip dress, but in Paris it was all about the bralette. Many designers, including Dries Van Noten created pointy bralettes over sheer tops. Alexander Wang’s latest show for Balenciaga was an ode to nightwear dressing. In pale white and cream hues, the catwalks were filled with models wearing the trend, with oversized robes to accompany the bralette.

Genderless dressing is nothing new on the runways, but this season, Paris designers made sure that menswear inspired details took the spotlight. From tuxedo jackets to slouchy trousers, this style was key. Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz mastered the trend with boxy cuts in monochrome. Celine’s Phoebe Philo also showcased the trend with slouchy trousers and plaid prints. Paired with combat style boots, Spring is all about your inner tomboy.

The leather jacket: this is a classic trend and has been a fashionable choice since the 50s. Once again, Parisian designers took on the leather jacket in their own unique way. At Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière took on the trend with a futuristic showing.

Decorated with the Louis Vuitton logo and stripes, this jacket made a bold statement. Hedi Silmane is known for her leather jackets at Saint Laurent and the designer presented even more outerwear styles with zipper and Fringe embellishment.

By Yasmina, Cristy, Blanca and Valentina, Francis Holland School