Hosting some of the biggest and oldest design houses in the world, Paris’s ready-to-wear offering was as impressive as it was vast. The A/W ’14 collections certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of variety, presenting directional colour palettes and statement dresses. As seen at London and Milan, a common trend was bright colours popping out from greys, blacks and subdued Autumn shades, creating a spectrum suited to many tastes and styles. Evening wear was a glamorous mix of silky maxi-dresses with dramatic splits and plunging necklines, complemented with statement minis and a host of cool jumpsuits.
The Chanel’s couture supermarket catwalk was a personal highlight from the week (who wouldn’t love a cupboard full of Chanel groceries?!) and we were also excited to see that some of our favourite colours and styles will be strong next season. We have highlighted some notable key pieces and trends from the week here:
Berry shades were often seen with teal throughout many collections. A more vibrant take on burgundy that has been present for the past few winters, it creates a dramatic impact for evening looks. Elie Saab favoured merlot maxis whilst Giambattista Valli’s collection never ventured below the knee. Look out for more berry colours hitting the GC site next season.
Lanvin’s dark and mysterious collection featured midnight blue looks from start to finish, we particularly loved the elegant, silky maxi dresses. Stella McCartney contrasted midnight blues and cobalt in this draping mini dress. Shop midnight blue and cobalt styles now.
Not a colour you would expect to see in a winter collection, tropical coral has been leaping from the catwalks, contrasting with conservative seasonal shades. It was seen amongst greys, whites and
blacks at Victor & Rolf and as part of a bright collection at Christian Dior. Shop tropical and light coral styles.
THIGH HIGH SPLITS
Dramatic, thigh high splits are ready to make a statement next season. Seen on many styles at Elie Saab and at John Galliano, you can get the look with our maxi styles here.
Milan spoiled us with incredible collections from the biggest names in Italian fashion. The catwalks were brimming with a rich mix of muted autumn colours interspersed with popping brights. Embellishment was a common theme along with some of our favourite multi-seasonal styles of cut-outs, minis and one shoulder dresses. Reds and yellows made an appearance on many catwalks, adding to the bright colour palette already seen at London Fashion Week.
We have picked out some of our favourite pieces and key trends to look forward to for A/W ’14…
Blazing through many collections for A/W, Red is set to be a big deal for next season. It made a frequent, vivid appearance throughout Dolce & Gabbana whilst a more sultry, romantic shade was seen at Versace. Complementing statement colour with a statement style, Versace made sure the one-shoulder dress will still be strong for A/W. Shop red styles here.
Not wanting to let wintery colours drown out the sunshine, Pucci and Gucci flashed yellow looks in both of their shows as well as cutout dresses in mini and maxi lengths. Shop yellow dresses here.
Emporio Armani steered clear of bright colours and desaturated with an almost entirely monochrome collection. An effortless combination to rock, along with black, it’s sure to be a wardrobe staple for many seasons to come. Giorgio Armani seemed to follow the same trend until striking lime pieces started to appear, contrasting with bold blacks and delicate greys. Shop GC styles in monochrome now and if you’re feeling daring like Armani, watch out for lime coming soon.
Giorgio Armani and Francesco Scognamiglio also showed that jumpsuits won’t be going anywhere anytime soon – if you’re looking for an investment piece, this is a safe and stylish bet. Be sure to invest in this style that will keep on trending right into 2015, here.
Pucci’s long sleeve, and Versace’s cut out dresses are a statement take on the LBD. A wardrobe staple, these styles are versatile, key pieces that can be worn from day to night. Check out GC’s LBDs here.
Francesco Scognamiglio and Pucci revealed plunging necklines on their sweeping maxi dresses. A Hollywood favourite this awards season, an elegant maxi dress is a great way to achieve effortless glamour – add a daring split and you’re red carpet ready! Shop maxi dresses here.