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Paris Fashion Week: Trends For Spring

Every season, designers seem somehow to mine similar seams, finding fashion gold within the same spots, polka dots, and French knots.

The Fashion team happen to be glued to our seats for Paris Fashion Week and listed here are our picks of Spring 2013 trending looks from Paris Fashion Week.

Paris Fashion Week Trends For Spring

Paris Fashion Week Trends For Spring

Every season, designers seem somehow to mine similar seams, finding fashion gold within the same spots, polka dots, and French knots. This fall wasn’t any different, and while Paris’s runways witnessed a very varied set of collections, some clear trends emerged to remark upon.

Top Trends For Spring

Nobody does attitude that can compare with the Parisians. Sometimes it seems as though everyone in this city is involved in one long manifestation . That Parisian cocktail of self-belief and indignance can feel staggeringly rude. But often it is simply an elaborate display, conceived to determine who blinks first.

Metallic shoes

Giambattista Valli, Viktor & Rolf and Chloe were just three from the brands that placed huge emphasis on metallic effect shoes. Shiny heels lifted outfits at the end, providing a little spring/summer shimmer, and interplayed well using the metallic elements sprinkled across other garments.

A soft touch

This season’s shows in Paris saw a softening down of the items have at times been rather strict silhouettes. In her own debut show at Céline 3 years ago, Phoebe Philo wowed the fashion world having a collection which pared back any unnecessary detailing. This revitalized minimalism continues to be the dominant trend in high fashion since, and while it has previously grown spikes at houses like Givenchy, it had resisted ruffles. It was the season that Céline balanced the ascetic attitude and softened their lines just a little. Similar trends were present at Balenciaga high was a gypsy flounce to the bottom of dresses, and Chloe where Claire Waight Keller blew out shoulders with soft volumes.


At Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton created extravagant beekeeping-inspired headpieces that riffed around the honeycomb patterning present in her trousers and across beehive tiered dresses. The usually experimental Turkish-British designer Hussein Chalayan showed giant sun visors with green plastic screens, one of the most striking touches inside a collection which was uncharacteristically simple in the wearability. In the great showdown from the week between Dior’s Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, the contrast between your houses was stark. Dior kept things simple with light nets tied around models’ heads. Slimane, however, went all out. Every single model was hidden under a giant wide-brimmed hat.

Check yourself

Alexis Mabille provided lots of purple and black gingham in the Paris runway show while there have been solid chessboards of the house damier at Marc Jacobs’s Lv show. The designer mutated the pattern into acid green, chartreuse and lemon yellow before he cut back the classic camel color. Meanwhile, at Dries Van Noten, models wore luxe-grunge checks and tartans in translucent tones, the patterns interwoven with metallic threads.

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Blood red

Giambattista Valli, Valentino, Gareth Pugh and Elie Saab all provided strong collections united by one theme, an abrupt burst of crimson. As with Milan, designers showed a range of looks in white or pale tones, before releasing the colour. It was a dramatic, and impressive ruse, especially when coupled with sheer or lace fabrics (as at Elie Saab).


Bold and graphic, it was camouflage that made you stick out rather than fade away. Chloe printed it across several boxy blouses in fairly muted colors, however it was Felipe Oliveira Baptista who managed to get more extreme and exciting. The Portuguese designer, who also manages Lacoste, covered his tailoring in patterns that mixed geometry with graffiti, and cut and pasted it into sharply patchworked dresses.


Although this was even more predominant in Ny, London, and Milan, snakeskin remained a large trend in Paris. Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciolisent two coats in quick succession on the runway one a definite overcoat with studded seams, the next also clear, but striped with sumptuous parts of wild python.

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