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Paris Fashion Week has officially ended, which means that it’s time to reflect on the trends we saw coming down the runways of the French capital. From black making a big comeback to the continued hybridization of sportswear and tailoring, here are the 10 things you need to know about the spring/summer 2018 collections that just showed in Paris.
Shorts have long been a controversial subject in men’s fashion. Tom Ford famously said that no man should ever wear shorts in the city. But then guys like Thom Browne and Nick Wooster have long made them a stylish staple of their summer wardrobes. And this season in Paris, team Browne-Wooster has gained some serious momentum thanks to shorts showing up all over the runways.
Shown: Dior Homme, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton
TAILORING MIXED WITH SPORTSWEAR
Just as we saw in Milan, the suit had a resurgence in Paris courtesy of the trend of mixing tailoring with sportswear. Suits, blazers, and tailored trousers were combined with bombers, track bottoms, hoodies, aloha shirts, and more.
Shown: Hermès, Paul Smith, Berluti
With so much unstructured tailoring coming into play of late, it makes sense that trousers would be getting looser and longer. And while they didn’t get all that baggy in Paris, they did get quite long. From tailored trousers to track bottoms to jeans, hems were doing some serious stacking this season.
Shown: Dior Homme, Ann Demeulemeester, Louis Vuitton
BLACK IS BACK
Leave it to Paris to bring black back into fashion, especially for summer. While designers like Kris Van Assche and Haider Ackermann have long made black a staple of their collections, this season black was all over the runways. Ironically, Commes des Garçons—essentially the inventor of black in fashion—showed tons of color this season. It’s a crazy world.
Shown: Balmain, Ann Demeulemeester, Alexander McQueen
Just as in Milan, there was some pattern mixing going on in Paris. And though it was more subdued in the French capital, it’s still safe to say that, come next spring, we’re going to be adding quite a bit of visual texture to our wardrobes.
Shown: Kenzo, Haider Ackerman, Commes des Garçons
If you’re wondering whether this whole athleisure movement has staying power, consider the fact that houses like Louis Vuitton and Hermès showed a fair amount of technical fabrics in their collections. Whether it was with hoodies, track tops, track pants, or even just reimagined tailoring, high-tech is clearly the trend right now.
Shown: Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Valentino
Considering the way things have been going over the last few season, drapey silhouettes are probably the least surprising trend at Paris Fashion week. But drapey they were, with plenty of oversized fits and unstructured jackets rolling down the runways.
Shown: Y-3, Lemaire, Balenciaga
Speaking of oversized: Oversized blazers were a big trend this past week. Even the king of the shrunken suit himself, Thom Browne, showed a couple of oversized blazers in his collection. And you know if he’s doing it, then it’s officially a trend.
Shown: Thom Browne, Kenzo, Balenciaga
First came the rise of the graphic tees, and now it looks like graphics will be invading the rest of our closets. From jackets to knitwear to even trousers, graphics were all over the Paris runways.
Shown: Paul Smith, Kenzo, Dior Homme
SKIRTS AND TUNICS
If you’re wondering whether the move towards genderless fashion will continue, the Paris collections certainly seem to suggest as much. Not only were there plenty of gender-neutral cuts in the collections—many of which were modeled by both men and women—but there were also tunics and even skirts showing up on the runways. Exciting times.
Shown: Alexander McQueen, Thom Browne, Balmain