1. Painterly Prints: Art and fashion collided in the most spectacular of ways this season, with designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Celine’s Phoebe Philo and Elie Saab all presenting a new era of gallery girls to admire. Much like the city’s famous galleries, the designer’s Spring ’14 looks drew their inspiration from a multitude of sources, meaning there is a piece for every art aficionado out there. At Chanel, Lagerfeld showed frocks that played with bright, swatch-like patterns, while Philo looked to Italian graffiti art from the 1930s for her collection’s inspiration. Get ready to curate a closet full of masterpieces!
2. Luxe Metallics: Forget minimalism, designers want you to shine bright for Spring 2014! Megawatt metallics in shades of gold, silver, bronze and gem tones ruled the runways in Paris this week, popping up at Lanvin, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Maiyet and Dries Van Noten to name a few. What made these reflective pieces stand out wasn’t necessarily their color, but rather their luxe finishes. Rich brocades, opulent lamés and stunning gold embroidery made these shiny wares luxe and perfect for a hot summer night out.
3. Full, Flowing Skirts: Voluminous, ladylike skirts flooded the runways in Paris, providing a much-needed balance to all of those crop tops we’ve been seeing as of late. The new calf-grazing hemlines were spotted at Celine, Christian Dior, Vionnet and Jean Paul Gaultier among others, and ran the gambit from printed and cutout to ultra-sheer and sculptural. Take a note from the ladies of Rochas or Valentino, and pair the fuller skirts with a crisp button down, or better yet, a sleek biker jacket!
4. Wise Words: Picking up where Alexander Wang left off in New York, designers at Undercover, Kenzo, Paul & Joe and Dior got literal with their brand messages this season, presenting collections emblazoned with words and interesting phrases. Of course, the trend’s shining moment was on the runway er, carousal at Marc Jacobs’ final Louis Vuitton show, where mesh leggings were inscribed with the brand’s name. If you ask us, that collection said it all!
5. Pretty Pleats: There’s just something about a feminine pleat that feels so right during those sunny spring days. This season, expect to see a lot of pretty Parisian-style pleats of all shapes and varieties. They were light and asymmetrical at Christian Dior; oversized and sculpted at Issy Miyake; and sheer and seductive at Celine. Take your pick!