The big guns rounded up the Autumn Winter Ready-to-Wear Collections in Paris yesterday and the diversity of styles from these top designers will certainly give high street stores a lot of scope from daring sheers at Jean Paul Gaultier and jewelled dresses at Rochas to classical gowns from Valentino and Elie Saab. Fiery petals at Giambattista Valli to look-at-me coats at Maxine Simeons.
As for trends, it was particularly patriotic as the tricolours red, white and blue were all big colours on the runways. Here are our picks from Paris:
Icy shades were big in Paris as models strutted their stuff in top to toe white. It seems it doesn’t matter how you wear it as long as it is all white. Get inspired by Sonia Rykiel, Gareth Pugh, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Maxine Simeons, Alexander McQueen and Ann Demeulemeester.
It may be for autumn but spring blooms and foliage were all over the catwalks. Big blossoms and wandering tendrils of green growth featured in these bold prints. Our favourites were Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Nina Ricci, Dries Van Noten, Chloe, Carven and Giambattista Valli.
More than a hint of flesh was on show through veils of fabric in Paris. The best example were from Vivienne Westwood, Nina Ricci, John Galliano, Emanuel Ungaro, Elie Saab, Guy Laroche and Givenchy.
From petrol and navy to royal blue and powder, this colour once again leads the way for AW season. It was seen on the runways of Acne, Balenciaga, Emanuel Ungaro, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Chanel.
We suspect that a lot of it was real fur but with such good faux fur around, don’t worry if you’d prefer to avoid the real thing, you can get this luxe look without sacrificing your beliefs. Elie Saab, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Gareth Pugh, Celine, Guy Laroche and Givenchy all showed off this deluxe winter warmer.
Horizontal, vertical or chevrons, it doesn’t matter as long as there are stripes. For inspiration, look towards Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, Balmain and Acne.
Attention grabbing red made a come back from pillar-box to deep burgundy shades. Here are some showstoppers from Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, Giambattista Valli, Maison Martin Margiela, Stella McCartney and Elie Saab.