1. Crop Tops- The short shirt has been around for a while and it looks like it’s here to stay. Unlike the sweet and bubbly crop tops of past seasons, these midriff baring tanks are a little more serious. Spotted on the runway at Rochas in shiny satin, and in leather at Balmain, just about every designer in Paris showed a crop top in their collection.
2. Mini Skirts- The micro mini of the early 2000s has made a come back after a short hiatus, turning Paris Fashion Week into a leggy affair. Brands like Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Balenciaga all showed barely there skirts many of which featured pleats and slits.
3. Strong Shoulders- The Supermodel silhouette of the 1990’s was championed by Balmain this year. Power shoulder were seen in varying degrees at Stella McCartney, Maison Martin Margiela and Giambattista Valli.
4. The 1960’s- Marc Jacob’s set the tone at Louis Vuitton with his parade of bouffant hairstyles and mod checks. Details like round collars and big buttons were also part of the story at Chanel. The trend was first spotted in New York, and in Paris designers followed through with bold retro styling.
5. Sleek and Somber: Minimalism was the word in Paris this season. Both Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy and Alber Elbaz at Lanvin said they went “back to basics” for a new start. The result was black, shiny, beautiful clothes that had us swooning for a rigid simplicity.