The streets of Paris next autumn/winter could prove to be an interesting and exciting combination of roses, urban warriors and trench coat clad women, according to the latest trends heading down the catwalks in Paris. While at one end of the scale there appears to be a movement towards toughened up drama in an urban jungle/warrior style, the complete other end of the scale brings enough flowers, frou-frou, chiffon and lace to put a garden party to shame. Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Chanel and Giambattista Valli were all fashioning the ruffles and roses look this season and I for one LOVE this look! You will look great and feel feminine and fabulous.
While ruffles appear to be on the increase, so too does warrior wear. The urban jungle does not know what has hit it yet, as the women of tomorrow will be preparing for battle according to Hermes, Balenciaga and Rick Owens, among others. Designers have used fabrics so tough they look like protective casing, sharp angles and dark, defensive looking styles to bring out the warrior in all of us. As Vanessa Friedman from the Financial Times points out, “if life is a battlefield, these are the clothes in which to fight your corner”. I say game on!
However, the autumn/winter staple for any woman has to be the overcoat and this year’s catwalks did not disappoint. From New York to Paris, the camel overcoat has reined supreme as the item of choice among fashion designers this seasons, and, in complete contrast to the feminine ruffles explained above, the more men’s wear-inspired they are, the better. Be prepared for this look to hit the high streets with force next year.
We can’t wait for the drama to begin next autumn/winter!