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Trend report: Paris Fashion Week 2017

It’s been a whirlwind of a month in fashion, with Paris being the last fashion week to close. A look at Fall/Winter 2017 is done and dusted, until consumers meet these garments again on the racks during the latter part of the year.

Paris, being the locus of all fashion weeks, was particularly monumental, packed with interesting trend revivals and runways. We witnessed Balenciaga look back to its founding father’s designs and producing a mature, chic collection under Demna Gvasalia. It was rife with silk, asymmetry and structure, so different from the maison’s out-of-the-box approach under the designer, who is also Vetements head honcho. Balmain’s collection was the wild West meets the Amazonian huntress, in a line with a strong, tan-focused colour story and too many variations of leather to count.

We’ve scoured the shows of the week to locate the top trends you should be watching as the year progresses. It’s never too early to start.

1
Circular bags

Bags on a number of key Parisian runways featured rounded bodies, whether structured or soft like the camel leather bag from Chloé pictured. On other runways, half-moon shaped bags stole the limelight, marking F/W’17 as the season for organically shaped purses.

Seen at: Chloé, Parco Rabanne, Balmain, Maison Margiela and more.

2
Red apparel

The runways have spoken: red is trendy again. Whether it’s head-to-toe scarlet as seen on Kenzo, and Max Mara, or smatterings of scarlet pieces at Valentino and Hèrmes, F/W’17 has brought vibrancy to fall in a fiery way.

Seen at: Hèrmes, Kenzo, Valentino, Max Mara and more.

3
Slouchy boots

Footwear for the season couches on 80s style slouchy leather boots in a variety of colours and finishes, including the highly coveted embellished rendition from Saint Laurent pictured.

Seen at: Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, Loewe and more.

4
Polka dots

Instead of polka dots being used to evoke a Yayoi Kusama-esque sense of kitsch, their emergence this season harkened back to traditionally feminine silhouettes, and in muted colours instead of loud, spotted apparel.

Seen at: Balenciaga, Loewe, Jacquemus, Dries Van Noten and more.

5
Vinyl

Vinyl and PVC was reworked into trench coats, dresses and suits. Perhaps this beckons the die-down of the currently prolific shearling trend, opting instead for a more Sci-Fi-inspired approach to winterwear.

Seen at: Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Vanessa Seward and more.

6
Metallic fabric

Metallic fabric, silver in particular, was everywhere during Paris Fashion Week. Parco Rabanne walked models down in languid dresses reminiscent of liquid silver, while labels like Lanvin and Lemaire chose reflective fabrics to play key roles in tailored garments.

Seen at: Parco Rabanne, Lemaire, Koché, Lanvin and more.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.