All images via The Cut
Paris Fashion Week was so amazing that we just couldn’t limit it to one re-cap. This week we saw the best of the best in the industry, all of them tempting us with beautiful pieces for next spring before we’ve finished shopping for fall. It is hard to remember that we need to start dressing in heavy knits, boots, and red leather when we are being bombarded with floral prints, sleeveless tops, flowy dresses, and the one, overwhelming trend for spring: oversize. But in fashion, seasonal confusion is the spice of life, so here are six more of our favorite Paris shows.
Carven - Thursday, September 27
Carven really upped the ante on sophistication for spring, sending suits, dresses, and skirts in substantial fabrics down the runway. Tweed pants were paired with cropped sweaters, and collared shirt dresses came in unlikely color combinations for spring, like cobalt blue, deep purple, and gunmetal gray, and blood orange, magenta, and oxblood. This collection has us sold on the lace-like perforation trend, with this detail featured on a number of pieces. We also saw the cut-out trend taken a step further with kidney shapes missing from the collar bones and stomachs of jackets and dresses and what may very well be the coolest plunging neckline ever. The real show-stopper, however, was a series of outfits featuring a wallpaper-like print that upon closer inspection featured safari illustrations.
Isabel Marant - Friday, September 28
On Friday, Isabel Marant supplied us with a refreshing departure from the sea of oversize clothing. Bringing the beach to Paris, Marant produced pieces in tropical and scarf prints with lace-up details, body conscious structures, and high hemlines. Embellishments ran amok (in a good sort of way), with dresses, shorts, skirts, and jackets sporting studs and embroidered flowers.
Kenzo - Sunday, September 30
Youthful brand Kenzo took sought to take us on a safari for spring. Attendees saw trousers, cut-out tops, and military-inspired jumpsuits in pastels, khaki, and tropical prints. This was a collection for the active fashionista, with clothes that exuded that perfect level of comfort and moveability. A pair of awe-inspiring optical illusion sweaters, sure to be the must-have pieces of the collection, were the above and beyond favorites here at the office.
Celine - Sunday, September 30
The Celine spring collection received mixed reviews here at Wiseling. We thought that the minimalist approach to spring dressing was a hit, but the oversize fuzzy house slippers were a miss. However, we are not prone to overlooking a collection of beautiful clothing simply because of mis-sized footwear. For next spring, designer Phoebe Philo gave us exquisitely tailored suit jackets and dresses with subtle-yet-overt details through unique seaming. Pants, shorts, and tops were shiny on one side and matte on the other, making them as interesting from the back as they were from the front. The jury is still out on the furry heels, though we may still be convinced of their genius.
Stella McCartney - Monday, October 1
Stella McCartney set out to prove that sporty and luxury are not mutually exclusive and succeeded. Her simple silhouettes were made interesting by very strategically placed seams, bright blocks of sherbet orange and electric blue, and sheer panels. Lace-like perforated pieces were rendered sporty, not sweet, by being sewn into oversize boxy shapes, while layers of semi-sheer fabrics maintained an airy feel. We want love the see-through crewneck sweatshirt. When worn with the spring 2013 Aganovich sweatpants, one would have the chicest (and most expensive) sweatsuit ever.
Chloé - Monday, October 1
Pretty with an edge was the overarching theme of the spring ready-to-wear collection by Chloé. Models marched down the runway in oversize pieces with big shoulders and extra-large ruffles. The primary colors used were black and white with a smattering of metallics mixed in. Oversize dresses were offset by a multitude of perforations that gave the impression that models were wearing delicate paper dresses and flower appliques added interest to solid color pants and skirts. Our favorite was Chloé’s reinterpretation of fur for spring in the form of classic handbags with sleek fur details and flaps.
How do you feel about next spring’s oversize trend?