The key trends from Paris Fashion Week AW18

Paris Fashion Week was the grand finale to what’s been an exciting month of new season styles and inspiration. Dior brought back the best of 60s fashion while Balmain displayed futuristic designs. Additionally, Saint Laurent kept the party going with sequins, Loewe presented the new-look utility trend and Louis Vuitton demonstrated that fluid dresses have become an Autumn/Winter staple.

The 60s

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60s prints and textures were combined to produce the best of Jackie O and Twiggy inspired styles. Dior’s collection looked like it could have walked off the streets of London with shearling jackets, baker boy hats and patchwork prints. Givenchy gave their checked coat a modern twist with an oversized shape and wide leather waist belt.

Utility

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After the popularity of the safari trend for SS18, it was only natural for designers to transition into the utility trend for the new season. Loewe took a more literal interpretation with oversized pockets on its camel coloured jacket and trousers, while Carven creates a contrast between its denim jacket, abstract pockets and exposed stitching.

Sequins

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You couldn’t have fashion week in the City of Lights without a bit a sparkle. Paco Rabanne’s warrior goddess-inspired dress was a mixture of gold-hardware and large black and gold discs. Similar to previous seasons, Saint Laurent’s collection was dark and dramatic with a sequined, padded shoulder mini dress strutting down the runway.

Fluid dresses

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For most of us long, romantic fluid dresses are a part of our summer wardrobes, but they were a popular addition to many autumn/winter collections. Louis Vuitton’s ladylike dress featured an embroidered bow and button-up detail that completed the balloon sleeves and flowing fabric, while Etro’s midi dress was a patchwork of earthy tones, polka dots and race-track checks.

Space age

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While other designers were looking to the past for inspiration, some were looking to the future with space-age outfits. Off-White’s playsuit looked as if it could have walked off a sci-fi film set with its structured mesh paneling and fluorescent colour accents. Balmain dedicated a majority of its collection to the trend and featured metallic jumpsuits and iridescent see-through trousers.

Feature by Laura Smith