Fashion month always ends in Paris, most definitely because fashion is saving the best for last. This PFW was nothing short of what we expected — the best. Let’s look back and see what made us tick from the collections in Paris, including top trends Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017 had to offer.
Who won the Paris runways?
In late August, the fashion world mourned the death of the legendary Sonia Rykiel, dubbed as “Queen of Knits”. The loss was felt deep within the fashion community, and as a tribute to her and her famous red hair, the models at the show kicked things off in sweaters that spelled out “Sonia Rykiel Forever”. A beautiful celebration of her life.
There were a lot of designer shake-ups in the past year, with creative directors departing solid positions and looking for greener pastures. Dior finally filled its creative director position after being without Raf Simons last fall. Maria Grazia Chiuri, formerly of Valentino, filled his vacancy as the first woman designer of the historic fashion house. She truly made her feminist pride known with a collection drenched in feminism. What a better way to do the novelty tee than to put the words “We Should All Be Feminists“? We need one ASAP.
Over at Valentino — now with Pier Paolo Piccioli, the sole designer for the brand — the results were nothing short of incredible. Editors and bloggers alike were gushing over each piece and how the collection brought them to tears. After taking a look for yourself, you’ll understand why. It was hard for us not to pick the entire collection as part of our top 100 looks slide above.
One of the saddest creative director changes happened at Saint Laurent when Heidi Slimane — who revolutionized the brand into the contemporary — left. Anthony Vaccarello, previously the creative director of Versus Versace, took his place. Inasmuch as Vaccarello did a good job picking up where the brand left off with 80s revival pieces, a lot of the collection left a lot to be desired. Not a good move by Saint Laurent.
Of course, you can’t talk about Paris fashion week without discussing the trends. After all, the trends of the season were solidified in Paris. Free the Nipple was literally everywhere. From Dior to Valentino, Vetements to Saint Laurent sheer, see-through materials with exposed breasts were on almost every runway. Statement earrings were all the rage at shows like Kenzo and Isabel Marant. Bigger was better when in came to bags, especially the overwhelming size shown at Balenciaga.
Finally, it has become clear that we are saying goodbye to the 70s trend once and for all, and welcoming the 80s revival with big shoulders, big sleeves, metallics, bold colors, and asymmetry. Louis Vuitton executed this perfectly, while still maintaining a sense of modernism in the collection.
See all the top looks from Paris Fashion Week in the slideshow above, and tell us, did you have a favorite?