Ahh, Paris Fashion Week. Thanks to fashion houses like Céline, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, it never fails to get the most attention of all of the cities. (No offense, New York.) And Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga debut certainly didn't hurt its buzz.
But unlike the outspokenness of Milan Fashion Weekor London Fashion Week’s racy themes, PFW was collectively far softer—and dare we say, more wearable, with menswear-inspired pieces and a shortage of towering heels. There was no attention for attention's sake. As in zero. The Parisians (predictably so) were having none of that. From the muted color palettes to fluid silhouettes, the clothes had a feminine appeal. Even at Givenchy, where grunge was a prominent theme, Riccardo Tisci struck a balance with cinched waists and sheer skirts. Even with designers accenting the woman in a variety of subtle ways—from smart tailoring at Balenciaga to a dose of romanticism at Givenchy to toned-down femininity at Dries Van Noten—we'd be lying if we said we weren't pleased.
Fashion trends may come and go, but when wondering what to wear next season, look no further than the runways of Paris Fashion Week for inspiration. Scroll through the slideshow to see our favorite looks. —Megan Hayes (@_mshayes)
Still in Paris and wondering what to do after the shows? Read our Paris travel guide here. And if you’re more interested Paris Fashion Week street style, The Street Muse’s Melanie Galea took some awesome shots for us—view them here.