Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 9, 2017 during the Fall 2017 collections. But fall is around the corner — and before we talk trends — let’s look back at the best of the fall 2017 runways.
Paris has everything. And no we’re not exaggerating. Paris has Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Vetements, Chloé, Dior… need I say more? This season designers stepped outside of the box and made their collections unique and incomparable to other cities’ shows – and we loved them all. We took notice of the swoon-worthy designs, and the trends seen all over the runway. Here are the BEST collections from Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017.
Vera Wang does it all. Not only does she rule the runway with her stunning bridal masterpieces, but she also creates breathtaking ready-to-wear looks – this season was no exception. Wang showed in Paris this season and also received the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest recognition, and also managed to show a brilliant collection which combined the luxe of wedding textiles – like chiffon and tulle – with contemporary silhouettes and trendy accessories. Italian supermodel Mariacarla Boscono posed on leather chaises and wooden benches in an empire waist bustier dress with a sheer chiffon skirt, a shimmering gold strapless gown with menswear inspired sleeves, and an off-the-shoulder white maxi dress with leather ankle booties. The cohesion of bridal and ready-to-wear was a bold move, but we’re absolutely loving it.
Anrealage’s collection had us hoping for an invite to a ravishing event to use as an excuse to wear one of Kunihiko Morinaga’s fantastical creations. Models posed on a neon purple carpet clothed in a boxy lace shift dress, collared ruffled blouse, and an off-shoulder denim wrap dress. The pieces featured were structured and used uncommon materials like felt, while others were printed to resemble wood and other materials. As Morinaga’s fourth-ever fall ready-to-wear show, it’s safe to say that we’re looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.
While we adored the extravagance of Anrealage, we couldn’t help but admire Chloé designer Clare Waight Keller’s final bohemian collection for the house. Keller didn’t use her finale as mourning, but adorned the runway full on Chloé-girl style – boho-babe festival-inspired everything.
The collection paid tribute to the house’s established aesthetic as models sported mint-green floral dresses with ruffled collars, tiered breezy mini-dresses, and fuzzy sweatshirts layered over lacy mustard-yellow slip dresses. While we still haven’t heard who Keller’s successor will be, but whoever this might be one thing’s for sure – we hope the bohemian look will stay alive.
Unlike several collections during New York and Milan Fashion Week, Paris was less about making a political statement and more about embracing the beauty in fashion – Valentino was a prime example. Staying true to the romantic roots of the house, Pierpaolo Piccioli embraced all things girly with shades of pink and frilly dresses with floral embroidery. In contrast to past seasons where the design aesthetic infused dark colors with bold patterns and textiles, Piccioli took a walk on the feminine side with his fall RTW collection.
Though individuality was apparent, trends like ruffles, earthy hues, and slouchy boots filled the PFW runways and were incorporated into several collections. Koche, Elie Saab, Paule Ka and Givenchy adorned spaghetti strap tunics, pussycat-bow dresses, oversized shawls, and monochromatic blouses and trousers with frills and ruching. While the addition of ruffles typically push a garment past the (feminine) point of no return, these designers made certain that ‘edge’ was a prominent factor. Koche and Elie Saab used deep tones like metallic silver, black and plum purple, while Paule Ka incorporated leathery statement belts, and Givenchy added bold chokers.
Though we loved the punch of daintiness, designers like Balmain, Isabel Marant, and Vetements colored their collections in earthy hues. Burnt orange, rust red, and royal blue covered embellished jumpsuits and mixed-material dresses from Balmain, fuzzy teddy bear jackets, leather boots, and floral blouses featured cacao, brick red and army green in Isabel Marant’s pieces, while Vetements used colors in the same family like tan, gold and brown on plaid shirts, oversized cardigans and long trench coats.
Along with adorations and color schemes, footwear was a major trend on the runway. Collections from Saint Laurent, Off-White and Christian Dior proved the slouchy boot is coming back in style and in different hues and heights. Below-the-knee black leather boots added a casual flare to Saint Laurent’s fitted off-the-shoulder and strapless dresses and wrapped pencil skirts, while stark white and plaid over-the-knee boots added interest to simple mini and billowing maxi dresses from Off-White. On the other hand, Christian Dior’s suede thigh-high boots were the perfect addition to the collection’s assortment of printed wrap dresses, asymmetrical peacoats, and oversized capes in a similar textile and color as the boots. The transition from outfits to boots – all in the same navy blue hue – created seamless ensembles that we can’t wait to recreate this upcoming fall.
Chloé was unsurprisingly my favorite collection from Paris Fashion Week. Check out the slideshow above, and let us know what your favorites were — we’re dying to know what looks you were obsessing over.