While Paris Fashion Week was all about designers showing off their fall/winter 2015-2016 collections on the runway shows, we know that the fashion craze certainly does not end there. The inspirations we find are both on and off the catwalk, the street styles definitely worth paying attention to. We already know that the spring/summer 2015 shows centered around the 1970s trends boosted with a modern twist. It was to be expected that coming to watch the fall/winter trends, we would see many a woman rocking the flared denim and fringe styles, looking both glamorous and as free spirited as a bohemian goddess. The floral patterning and prints have been a major part of the whole year at this point, as have the billowing skirts, the earth tones, ponchos and high hugging blared bottom pants among the best pieces making Paris Fashion Week fall 2015 street style simply breathtaking. Fringed skirts and retro suede pieces are totally in, something we saw quite a bit of on the streets. Monochrome ensembles were also rather chic outfits that did much to show off the year’s best looking ladies.
There was Sasha Luss showing us how to look ultra-chic in a denim dress and Chiara Ferragni coming out in overalls and doing exactly what some of the designers on the catwalk did: print on print on print. We’re talking matching shoes and shirt, while the overalls themselves seemed to patch the print style, even if the colors were totally opposite. On the other hand, there was Tina Leung rocking a rather cool interpretation of combination gender dressing, including both the masculine and the feminine. The best way to do this is to go for the oversized, boyish and slouchy look, with those man-style shoes and 3 sizes too large shirts. This style is not exactly new, but it had taken over Paris Fashion Week runway, as well as all the other runways actually, and seems so perfectly effortless. Think sneakers that you get to embrace for comfort while they also provide a major part of your style sense, untucked layer upon layer, and an attitude exuded in the way you walk that is particularly manly but made all the more sexy for it. Playing with the effects of slick versus slouchy, we find the street styles during the past week to have really pinged back and forth between these anytime there was a touch of masculine involved. One of the biggest things seen, other than the oversized pieces, sometimes encompassing every layer of garment worn, is the fact that there was so much white and minimalistic design, as per the masculine-feminine fashions dictate.
An Abundance of Fur
On the runway we had Stella McCartney come up with the furry non fur coats and different garments, while others opted to go real or fake, depending on their personal beliefs. We say furry pockets also appear on the streets as some lovely ladies came to the shows sporting the material in white grey and black coloring. That touch of fur also happens to make it onto accessories, handbags to be exact, and adds a whole new dimension of character to the look. Pretty sweater jackets in furry materials were also spotted, particularly one in a purple hue that looked too pretty to pass up. While some of the looks on the streets around the runway shows were hilarious or quite wacky, no one can find fault in a beautifully crafted fur scarf.
We already mentioned that the flared looks are in. We know full well that on the runway it has been about establishing length, having the hems of the denim and the chic trousers fall to the floor instead of ending a bit higher up, unless of course, they were cropped right on top of the ankles. The street styles also included lots of lean and long legs clad in flared denim, wherein the thighs are tight and it begins to flare out closer to the calf and then engulfs the shoes under its hem. The flared ends look even more perfect when coupled with a slightly pink tinted red hue, particularly in the form of a pantsuit with a matching furry jacket thrown over the shoulders. Long legs seem to go on for miles when you take on such a look, no matter how short you may think you are. Throw in footwear with their thick heels and platforms and it makes this particular trend even more appealing.
No matter which looks you loved most, out of a line-up of 10, you are bound to have put in a few that had a ‘70s style to them, including the coats with the fringe bottoms that look so very fun to be wearing. They certainly make for perfect street style photos, and the plum colouring of one particular piece has us grinning at the loveliness of the look. Those fringes will obviously make it onto a boho poncho, so we were not surprised at all to see a few street styles boasting the decade’s biggest looks, down to the suede boots in light beige. The fringes also turn to tassels on a few outfits, wherein the jackets are a bit like capes and the skirts fall to below the knees, the hem embroidered in fall colours.
The Perfect Quote
We already know about graphic tees. We love them, cannot get enough of them and seem to keep buying a few every season just to top off the quotes they bear. Somehow stating “I’m Famous but nobody knows it!” holds a certain charm, an oxymoron of sorts, a statement to confuse the mind and leave it running the message through over and over again to make sure you read it right. We are pretty sure finding a jumpsuit that is very thick and has a sun printed on the back with “O-La-La” blasting out may not automatically make you want to buy it, unless of course you want to be cause by the street styles camera and have your photo showing off some of the wackiest looks sported by the spectators at Paris Fashion Week.
A Whole Lot of Leather
Just as on the runway, we saw leather jackets galore on the streets. They were studded or riveted or just left plain; beautifully tailored and paired with interesting pieces, such as a lace covered mini dress, the lace reaching to the ankles. We did manage to spot a few tight fitting leather pants as well, while leather shoes, boots and handbags were obviously a given. There was even a red leather jacket with the words “Live Free, Die Strong, Comme des Garcons” printed across the back, another quote that made it into the street style trends. One of the best pieces though was the midi length wraparound sleeveless dress that was worn over a pretty shit collared shirt.
Photos courtesy of Fashionising, Vogue UK
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