Fashion Month SS17 has officially come to a close, with the runways of Paris Fashion Week serving as its grand finale.
Paris, the birthplace of effortless-chic and a fashion capital if there ever was one, seemed to be experiencing a rebirth of sorts for Spring. Heritage houses like Dior, Balenciaga, and Saint Laurent were outfitted with new designers (Maria Grazia Chiuri, Anthony Vaccarello, and Demna Gvasalia respectively) for the new season, all tasked with the challenge of preserving their houses’ histories while appealing to a future-gazing customer. The result? A handful of confused collections.
This theme appeared throughout most of the PFW shows: classic Parisian staples were manipulated into looks that were innovative-for-the-sake-of-innovation; all statement-making and perfect for photographs and editorials perhaps, but maybe not so wearable. That’s what we’re here for, though: to help you translate larger-than-life looks into wearable, everyday outfits.
Sometimes you have to look backward before you can move forward, and many major fashion houses in Paris looked to the ’80s for future inspiration. Chanel channeled the ’80s hiphop scene, Celine showed shoulder-padded suits galore, and Balenciaga really went for it: oversized shoulders, garish brooches, spandex, bright colors, et al.
In the typical French fashion, there was no shame in baring it all this season. The sheerness levels ranged from partially-lined skirts to gowns that screamed, “Free the nipple!”
Embroidered details once again took center stage–a constant throughout the New York, London, Milan, and Paris shows. This look isn’t going away anytime soon, and we’re not mad about it.
High-shine is always in style when it comes to what to wear for a night out. Take inspiration from Balmain and opt for a liquid-look metallic dress (like our Darlo slip).
Shoulders, Any Way You Wear Them
Paris taught us that as long as you’re accentuating your shoulders, you can’t go wrong. Whether it’s with an off-the-shoulder top, a one-shouldered dress, a blazer with oversized shoulders, or even a shoulder harness; it’s clear that the shoulder is the it accessory for SS17.
The Bold Red Dress
Step aside, LBD–there’s a new go-to dress in town and it’s decidedly more in-your-face. Nearly every major designer showed a take on the bold red dress, our favorites being Dior and Valentino.
Some other major callouts to note: anything pink, polka dots, statement tees, and loungewear as evening wear.