They say the show outside is better than the show inside during Paris Fashion Week, and I’d have to agree. While designers unveiled their Fall/Winter 2015 collections (designs you won’t be able to get your hands on for months) inside venues like the Grand Palais and the Palais de Tokyo, fashion bloggers, models, and starlets showed what’s fashionable right now outside. I spotted some definite spring fashion trends and investing in these five pieces will certainly help reboot your wardrobe for a stylish springtime in the City of Light, or wherever you may be.
Round Frame or Cat Eye Sunglasses
The angular wayfarers that were popular for several years have been replaced by more rounded frames, including the glamorous cat eye and circle frames à la John Lennon. Cat eye sunglasses are the more easily wearable of the two and work best with ladylike silhouettes and pulled-together ensembles.
Where to get the look: Jimmy Fairly in the Marais offers a wide variety of classic and vintage-inspired sunglasses, all priced at around 100 euros per pair. Best of all, for every pair purchased one pair is donated to a person in need.
Oversized Leather Jacket
Everyone should have a leather jacket in their wardrobe and, based on what I saw at PFW, the more updated silhouette is oversized and slouchy. Vintage works particularly well here. Look for soft supple leather in camel or brown and pair with the next trend.
Where to get the look: Shop the vintages boutiques in the Marais or try All Saints, which has a good selection of edgy leather jackets for men and women.
Sheer Maxi Skirt or Dress
This is not the most forgiving look and it requires some courage, but people who paired a lace skirt or dress with a heavier jacket looked fabulous. Some skirts were more risqué and others were sheer from just the knees down, but the big take-away here is to play around with materials and silhouettes. Matching a light and feminine piece with something more masculine and edgy makes for a great juxtaposition.
Where to get the look: Try Maje. The Parisian label, started by a Moroccan fashion designer, offers a variety of on-trend pieces at affordable prices, including lace dresses and a mesh striped jersey skirt. IRO also has sheer skirts and dresses with strategically placed paneling.
Yes the look can be a bit Brady Bunch, particularly when layered over a turtleneck like we saw on Brazilian fashion blogger Helena Bordon, but it’s a great way to bring a fun print into your wardrobe, and the dress works in various lengths. We saw a lot of this look outside the Valentino show, whose Spring 2015 collection, inspired by Italian scarf prints, really seemed to recall the era. Pair short dresses with black tights on cooler days.
Where to get the look: If you can’t shell out over 2,000 euros for a Valentino dress, and few of us can, try Ba&sh, a great French label known for bohemian, travel-inspired fashions with boutiques throughout Paris.
From the Chanel pearl bag to a Juicy Fruit man clutch, everyone outside the shows seemed to be carrying a clutch or small handbag that made a statement. While I don’t gravitate towards novelty accessories, I think the fun thing here is to look for something that expresses your personality. Pick a clutch with a unique print or studded accents. If you prefer a bag with a strap we noticed shoulder bags with chain straps, like Chloe’s Drew Bag, were also trending.
Where to get the look: The Bon Marché has an excellent handbag selection and Pierre Hardy in the Palais Royal is known for its colorful, geometric-pattered handbags and shoes.
Jimmy Fairly – 64 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004. Tel: +33 (0)1 79 72 60 20
AllSaints – 49 Rue Etienne Marcel, 75004. Tel: +33 (0)1 44 88 91 31
Maje – 49 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 74 63 77
IRO – 53 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 77 25 09
Ba&sh – 22 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 78 55 10
Bon Marché – 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75004. Tel: +33 (0)1 44 39 80 00
Pierre Hardy; Jardins du Palais Royal 156 Galerie de Valois, 75001. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 60 59 75
- Lauren talks about her experience as an “outsider” at this spring’s Paris Fashion Week.
- Casey also takes us on a tour of Parisian jewelry and points out the best boutiques and vintage markets for a pretty addition to your collection.
- Check out the Elle Magazine round-up of the best street-style photos from this spring’s Paris Fashion Week.
Written by Casey Hatfield-Chiotti for the HiP Paris Blog. All images by Casey Hatfield-Chiotti. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.