After the round of Fashion Weeks, starting in New York, followed by London, then on to Milan, Paris Fashion Week came to an end on the 9th of March. The event was not without controversy when the team at Louis Vuitton sent supermodel Kate Moss walking down the catwalk smoking a cigarette – and on National No Smoking Day! However controversies aside, Paris Fashion Week brought us some recurring themes that are likely to become major trends for this autumn and winter.
Leather is going to be big news for the coming winter months with Louis Vuitton, Chloe and Barbara Bui all featuring leather and leather trim heavily in their designs. Red leather as well as black and brown leather seems to be on trend and you will see items such as trousers, skirts, leggings and jackets in this material. The leather used is supple and expensive looking but hopefully the high streets will be able to recreate the look at more affordable prices.
In stark contrast to the leather look is the sheer diaphanous look, which was also a recurring theme in several designers’ shows at Paris Fashion Week. Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Yves Saint Laurent and Elie Saab all featured this material in their catwalk collections. The look can be ultra feminine or sleek and sophisticated and sheer doesn’t mean entirely see through, strategically placed sheer panels were prominent on dresses and skirts. Also sheer floral blouses teamed with jackets or fur gilets are on trend for this winter.
The controversial topic of fur rears it’s head once again and fur was literally all over the catwalks for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season. Some designers are well-known for only using fake fur and you can probably relax in the knowledge that by the time this trend hits the high streets we will be seeing fur only in its fake form. Jackets, coats and boleros were seen in fur for a luxurious, sophisticated and elegant look.
It also seems that the colour blue is the one to be seen in this autumn and winter. Shades of blue appeared in a wide range of the designer’s shows including those by Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Amaya Arzuaga. Blue is a great color for a trend as there is generally a shade to suit every type of skin tone and on the catwalks we saw teal blue coats, midnight blue velvet cropped trousers, icy blue jackets and turquoise blue dresses.
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