It’s time for part two of this annual Fall Trend Report: all the best from Paris Fashion Week!
I was only in Paris for a weekend, but I can remember almost every detail. It was nothing like I ever dreamt and helped make a lasting impression. I got over my fear of heights on the Eiffel Tower, engaged in my love of art while touring The Louvre and literally got lost within the city. Queue my lack of direction.
But, the one thing Paris will always be known for its fashion.
Fashion month shows looks for the upcoming season, so invitees are always ahead of what’s happening in stores. That means nothing when you’re trying to figure out what to wear now, or at best, next month. To make things easier, I’ve scoured through every runway show I could find to get the details on Fall 2017.
The result: a curated list of top trends and style tips that can work for your personal taste as well as budget.
This is the one color that should definitely be in your fall wardrobe.
When the Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli all include a one-color outfit in the same hue and then Givenchy does its entire Fall 2017 collection in it, it’s official. Red is the color of the season. We talked about purple as a top fall color during my NYFW Fall 2017 post, but red is just as, if not more, prominent.
The great thing is, this well known statement hue is probably already in your closet.
Here are the benefits of focusing on a color trend over a style: It also comes in enough shades where you can certainly find a version that suits your skin tone. (I have to orange based-reds or I’ll look like a tomato!) Budget, also, is not as much of a concern when you’re looking for a color because just about every store carries it.
Now here’s the tricky part. How do you style it to look like something on-trend and not just like you put on a red shirt?
Focus on the details and choose red pieces that have a distinct element. This can be a bell sleeve, embroidery or simply a micro style if it’s a purse. Miu Miu went with mid-calf boots while Giambattista Valli chose a knee-length coat and separates
To go the extra mile, mix your favorite red piece with accessories in the same tone.
Style Tip! When taking on an all one-color look, keep from looking like a crayon by adding in a few unexpected elements. A graphic tee, headpiece (crowns are also in this season!) or shoes with fun detailing will do the trick without the need to buy a whole new outfit. Just remember to stay within the same tone for maximum effect. Givenchy Fall/Winter 2017
Not Your Grandma’s Tweed
It’s so easy to look like you’re 20+ years older when wearing tweed. The thicker fabric and frayed edges lend themselves to the thought of something that was weathered with age. Not exactly the vibe you want to give off. But, not all tweed pieces look the same, and despite what you usually see, it doesn’t just come in gray or white.
Chanel has the market cornered for always making tweed look fashionable. This season, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Moncler Gamme Rouge have done the same.
You may have a tweed skirt, pants or jacket in your closet from a couple seasons back. It was probably one of those purchases you made thinking you would be “extra on-trend” one day and then left in your drawer with the tags still on. Now is the time to bring it out.
Pair your tweed skirt/pants with a solid top that has modern detailing, such as a shoulder cutout, or a fitted blazer and a blouse with pops of color. (I can almost guarantee these are already in your closet somewhere.) Finish off the outfit with classic accessories to help you look polished and on-trend.
Still think you can’t pull it off?
Style Tip! Look for tweed pieces with a modern element such as a geometric pattern. Can’t find one? Then, change things up with trend-setting accessories such as glitter boots or a statement collar. Both concepts will keep your look fresh and stylish with minimal added effort. Fall 2017 collection from Chanel.
Bring on the Fur
Fur showed up in absolutely EVERY way possible for Paris Fashion Week.
Louis Vuitton had it on jackets. Miu Miu placed colorful fur detailing on skirts, gloves, boots and hats. A.P.C. even put fur on oversized collars. I’m not just talking about sterling. Don’t even get me started on the La Pointe mixed print sleeves (below)! By the looks of these runways, you could tell winter was coming, and not just for Game of Thrones.
Moncler Gamme Rouge had fur-detailed snow suits that still take my breath away! Each one was had over-the-top detailing I never expected (even with rose embroidery!). I couldn’t help but love them.
Here’s the thing, though. Fur vests and scarves were in last year, so you’re already covered in this department. (Remember how everyone wanted Rihanna’s pink fur coat?) Simply choose understated accents to help that statement fur piece stand out, or mix things up with some bold prints. Either way, you’ll have fun creating outfits with it.
Style Tip! Not sure how to mix materials and patterns? Start off with something simple like pairing a bold stripe top with a lightly striped skirt (Ellery Fall/Winter 2017 PFW). Or, focus on one piece that already combines a few designs, like the coat below. It will keep things easy and ensure you’re on trend without taking your full morning to choose an outfit. (Sally LaPointe Fall/Winter 2017 PFW)
Remember how we covered trends from New York Fashion Week on Tuesday? Well some ideas travel across the pond a little faster than others. Along with the above trends and some extra-fun uses of denim-on-denim, I also saw a few repeats.
Trench Coats. Now, certain brands are known for recreating this staple every year. But, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Hermés always add a little something extra. Look for a trench in your favorite hue or extraordinary detailing to break things up.
Leather. Yes, this came up, AGAIN! Between Louis Vuitton, Jitrois, Alexander McQueen, Hermes and Ellery, it seemed like everything was made in leather. You now have an exact excuse to wear your favorite motorcycle jacket or new leather trench in both Paris and the U.S.
Suits. From check-pattern suits to a sleeveless coats with a blazer-like collars, it seems like menswear-inspired looks are getting a global movement. Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Ellery were just a few of the names that took this on. Basically, don’t be afraid to experiment with your office wear.
Of course, I’m not done yet. Here are a few pieces to help you recreate these looks for under $300.
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Happy Thursday, everyone!
Come back later this week for a look at London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 highlights and my roundup article on the top overall trends to know for Fall. There’s still plenty of ways to learn and experiment with your wardrobe.