Trend Review: Paris Fashion Week SS9
Paris Fashion Week concluded Spring/Summer ’19, confirming trends seen across London, New York and Milan as well as introduced new themes, colour, silhouettes amongst others.
Paris exhibited modern lingerie and loungewear pieces for SS19, seen in lightweight fabrications with simplified historic inspired embroideries and patterns.
Bleisure continues to thrive as heavier contrasts between smart and activewear with sport items leaning more toward performance styles. Deconstruction was a key theme in Paris as designers sent updated cut shapes and silhouettes down the catwalk.
A clean and clinical aesthetic was provided through ocular white – perfect as a stand-alone colour, however was also used to enhance brighter hues such as the breakout neon colour palette. Fresh mints were introduced as an exciting colour update to the typical pastel palettes, most common across suiting and smart wear.
Head-to-toe tones of teal was a key colour driver for the SS19 season as well as strong cobalt saturations.
Cobalt proves to be a trans-seasonal colour statement most popular among evening wear, outerwear and dresses.
Calming neutral tones have been a key hue and an obvious colour for the season as designers such as Christian Dior, Lacoste and A.W.A.K.E presented fluid silhouettes across evening wear and even mattifying casual sportswear.
These soft cosmetic tones were also seen in softer, desaturated hues across minimalistic silhouettes, compared to rich cinnamon hues, which transitioned from chocolate browns in autumn.
Candy purples were applied in multiple variations with Gucci utilising the colour in monochromatic ensembles, adding emphasis to the casual element of oversized suiting looks.
There was a key focus on punchy orange tones throughout PFW – combined with clashing hyper neon colours for added vibrancy.
Golden metallics were a statement fabric for SS19, especially within occasion wear – a fabric that is usually singularly key within winter months deems to continue for the warmer season.
Futurism and tech influenced many looks at PFW as silver and reflective metallics being a key statement throughout apparel and accessories, seen by Off-White, Isabel Marant and Ellery.
Feather progress into SS19 however textures varied between designers and majority took a flamboyant route, as bright dyes provided a bold colour pop and ‘dress-up’ appeal.
Leopard prints continued to thrive on the Parisian catwalks across a variety of garments. On the other hand, paint effects were an exciting new print for SS19 as brands showcased their own interpretations.
Mugler developed a marble paint print while Balmain took inspiration from splattered and cracked surfaces.
Cosmic prints and pattern added a playful element to garments – moon and star graphics were incorporated into both day and evening wear.
The variegated stripe continued to be a staple print direction for the SS19 season with stripes progressing into larger and more purposeful across smart-casual wear.
Ombre patterns were showcased by numerous major fashion houses, seen across skirts and dresses, volumized through tiered ruffles. These ombre applications were seen across neons, cosmetic shades and earthy tones.
Both natural and artificial snakeskins made a huge statement at PFW, seen in most commonly in outerwear such as puffers and trench coats, however Jacquemeus sent an edgy snakeskin dress down the catwalk.
The deep V-neck dress was a dominant silhouette for SS19 seen throughout evening wear, however, Jacquemeus demonstrated how the look could be translated into casual wear.
The reconstructed jean was key throughout denim-wear as waistbands were updated and morphed into abstract aesthetics, seen by Ottolinger, Y project and Amiri. The utility pant was a clear silhouette for the upcoming season – a streetwear influence was key here, with an oversized fit with variations in leg width and hem finishes.
As utility trends grew further into SS19, the drawstring detail became a popular choice of detail, seen mainly across sportswear while contributing to newly-inspired sports silhouettes, executed by Afterhomework.
Soft ties were a popular detail introduced to the runway this season, especially across PFW. A variation of proportions were created in both upscaled and minimal looks, dependant on designer, with ties most often applied to waistlines for a feminine aesthetic.
A number of different styles of fringing graced the catwalk with a common denominator being deliberately exaggerated lengths, contributing to the party/dress-up themes seen throughout PFW.
Corsetry details were another styling detail drawn from historic lingerie influences, creating contemporary pieces with a feminine quirk.
PFW wrapped up a great SS19 season with many commercially viable colours, prints and details, to name a few. The upcoming season proves to be bright, eccentric and filled with exotic animal prints. In contrast to this, SS19 also offered soft silhouettes, cosmetic shades and luxury look-design.
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