It’s Time to Master These French-Girl Trends Once and for All
Sorry to burst your bubble, but spring isn't here just yet, especially for those of us on the East Coast. Thankfully, we have all of the beautiful collections from Paris Fashion Week to cheer us up. Seriously, scroll through our favorite looks. It'll put a smile on your face. The runways were filled with over-the-top coats, glamorous sweaters, and new trends that we can't wait to test out.
So let's turn lemons into lemonade on this snowy day and use the last couple of days of winter to get a head start on next year's trends, explained below.
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'80s Mini Dress
Hemlines are getting shorter and shorter, and we can thank the '80s revival for that. What makes this trend even more fun are the larger-than-life shoulders (and in some cases, patterns) that command attention. You'll get bonus points for pairing your's with sheer black tights next fall.
Runway looks, from left: Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, Alessandra Rich
The flashiness of the '80s gave designers at Paris Fashion week major inspiration, even for their daytime looks. You can see the retro influences in the eye-catching patterns—like the houndstooth jacket at Miu Miu, the florals at Balenciaga, and the stripes at Kenzo.
Runway looks, from left: Kenzo, Miu Miu, Balenciaga
Knits on Knits
We'll all be ready to double down on knits come next fall, thanks to the cozy separates at Paris Fashion Week. If you're a pro at layering, try a tank top over a long-sleeve sweater and add a knit skirt, similar to the outfits at Chloé and Vuitton. Or you can take it easy with a two-piece set—like the ones at Nina Ricci and Stella McCartney.
Runway looks, from left: Chloé, Nina Ricci, Stella McCartney
We've told you once, and we'll tell you again: Quilting is having a serious moment, people. Virgil Abloh sent a model at the Off White presentation down the runway wearing a skirt that might remind you of grandma's cozy blankets, but way cooler, of course. At Nina Ricci the padded textile made it's way on to coats, and at Hermés it was all about the pants.
Runway looks, from left: Off White, Nina Ricci, Hermés
A strong leather piece is an essential in every woman's closet, no matter the season. Next fall, you'll be on trend with a piece that has just the right amount of droop. It makes no difference if it's a cowl neck jacket or has scrunched up sleeves similar to the Isabel Marant and Saint Laurent designs. Another option: go all out with a statement-making dress that twists and drapes perfectly over your frame—like Jonathan Anderson's creation for Loewe.
Runway looks, from left: Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent, Loewe
Not sure if you want to wear leather or silk, neutrals or neons? The combo-dress trend allows you wear it all at once. Virgil Abloh at Off-White basically sliced dresses, having python and solid fabrics go head to head. Marine Serre used contrasting patterns to accentuate the silhouette of her models. And Dries Van Noten, ever the mix master, created a color block effect that felt modern and polished.
Runway looks, from left: Marine Serre, Off-White, Dries Van Noten