Parlez-vous couture? Ready for a fashion overload? Every year, the biggest and most prestigious names in fashion show their latest collections in various fashion shows. And the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is where the crème de la crème of the fashion world show their latest and most luxurious creations.
This year was no exception, with top designers debuting spectacular new looks – with some experimental and avant-garde pieces – that are sure to push the boundaries of traditional fashion while also inspiring all fashion forward individuals throughout the world.
The impact of these events is felt by all, even if they are not aware of it. The designs, looks, styles, and pieces have the potential to set the tone for what is considered fashionable.
Whether you are looking to update your wardrobe or just get a sneak peek at what the fashion elite are wearing, there are several emerging trends from the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week that are worth taking note of.
An Overview of the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week
When people think of fashion weeks, they think of the established ones held in New York, Milan, Paris, and London. However, people may not know that Paris was home to the first ever fashion week back in the 70s.
Since then, it has become an unmissable event that people flock to every year.
Commonly known as Paris Fashion Week (PFW), the event consists of fashion divided into three categories. These include ready-to-wear, menswear, and haute couture.
Throughout the week, hundreds of fashion shows are held. The event is most often held at the Carrousell du Louvre.
In order to be eligible to join the fashion week, the Chamber of Haute Couture established certain criteria that designers need to follow. One of these criterion is the need to create at least 35 designs per year for both day and night wear.
The distinction of being allowed to create haute couture collections is only given to a select few.
Top fashion designers who joined the recent fashion week include Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab, Valentino, Alexander Vauthier, Chanel, and Dior just to name a few.
Emerging Trends from Paris’ Haute Couture Fashion Week
The Return of Riding Boots
The riding boot burst onto the scene of the fashion week in dashing fashion. Chanel started off their show by having their model Charlotte Casiraghi ride in on a real horse.
She rode in on a full black tweed suit with matching boots.
Once upon a time, back in the late 2000s, the riding boot was everywhere. As we all know, trends that fade often return. Could the riding boots be coming back?
Chanel might think so.
Heavily Designed Shoes
We all know that shoes can make or break an outfit. And this year’s trends show no mercy when it comes to making statement pieces on the feet. Clothing has taken a backseat – or shoe seat rather – as designers continue to deliver more unique footwear trends.
One of these trends is sequins. While sequins has its ups and downs, this past fashion week has shown that it is on the up and up again. And it is most notably used on what is down: people’s shoes.
A partnership between Alexandre Vauthier and Giuseppe Zanotti introduced shoes heavily adorned with sequins, feathers, and even crystals.
Odd and Shocking Styles
The vanguard of fashion trends did not disappoint this year. The collections were daring, experimental, and even shocking in some cases.
One may argue that the recent pandemic and the surge of the Omicron variant has placed a sort of dystopic cloud above people’s outlooks. It seems that this sentiment has seeped into fashion, and not in a negative way.
A certain sense of oddity has begun to creep into fashion designs. While some may find this par for the course, it seems that it is even more so this past fashion week.
Designers were creating suits and gowns that were reaching up to model’s ears and accentuating their long arms. There were also dresses with tree branches sprouting out of them.
The bizarre styles only go to show that both the world and fashion are not what they once were.
There has been an increasing demand for unisex trends that are suitable for both male and female demographics. This year’s Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week did not disappoint with several designers introducing fashionable couture that both sexes can wear.
For a long time, haute couture was a woman’s realm and only a man’s fantasy. Now, designers are beginning to introduce pieces for men. Pieces like tailored sequined trousers and a classy white shirt and shoe combo were introduced.
Back in White
Black is definitely still a huge trend (and definitely will always be) but this year saw an increase in the number of trends featuring all white looks.
With summer around the corner and hopefully some sunny weather too, trends like Dior’s all-white looks send a message loud and clear: white is back. Dior introduce pieces such as all-white long coats and dresses.
Valentino also showcased some thigh-high white boots.
Celebrities were also in on the action, as some attending were already adorned in bright white clothing. These included Margot Robbie and Beatrice Borromeo just to name a few.
The Forefront of Fashion
Fashion is ever-evolving and is led by a select few. If you are looking for who to follow, then look no further than the designers in the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.
In many cases, the designs and styles showcased this past week make ripples and affect the fashion lives of everyone.
While some styles are more out there and unique than others, if you are looking to stay at the forefront of fashion, be sure to keep a look out for these emerging fashion trends from Paris’ recent fashion week.