The Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017 collections are delivering the perfect mix of fashion viewpoints. From the polished sophistication of Rochas to the effortless French chic of Guy La Roche to the avant-garde work of Rick Owens, designers here are helping to define the global trends for fall 2017 and beyond. These Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017 collections are helping to remind us why Paris has been considered the fashion capital of the Western world from the seventeenth century through to today.
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It was all polish and elegance for the Rochas’ fall RTW 2017 collection. Clean, simple lines, solid colored fabrics and lady-like silhouettes gave this collection an air of grown-up sophistication. Collars were high, hemlines were low and soft chiffons were a mainstay. But there were a few cute baby doll looks sure to grab the younger client. The label’s signature R showed up in crystal or sequins as an embellishment throughout the collection to add a dash of glamour. Richly colored plush coats were the perfect toppers for style and warmth the Rochas way.
The past, present, and future all intersected at Anne Sofie Madsen’s fall 2017 RTW show. Delicate organza ruffles on high neck collars reminded us of times past. Deconstructed trench coats had an “of the moment” wearability. Google and techno quilted fabrics hinted at the future in fashion. Putting all this together, Madsen managed to serve up some solid pieces that traversed time. An oversize fox collar added to jackets softened the futuristic edge and suggested the perfect timeless style.
In an ever changing world of people, places, and things the comfortable and familiar can be hugely attractive. For fall 2017 Guy La Roche recognized this, delivering a collection that held close to their brand DNA. Uncomplicated, straight forward dresses, pants, and blouses paired with fox stoles wrapping around the body gave us that French sense of casual, easy chic. A cropped caramel shearling jacket offered effortless style just the way we like it.
Let’s start with what worked at the Neith Nyer fall 2017 RTW collection. Conceived and actualized by lead designer Francisco Terra, there were shearlings and leathers galore! Soft, supple leathers which were generously cut and then lined with plush shearling are sure to appeal to men and women alike. They were so prominent in the collection; Terra took his curtain bow wearing the best of the bunch. As for the RTW, there was too much to decode. Cut outs, pattern mixing, and O rings all created a distraction from the main event.
We love, fresh new takes on fur, obviously! In her fall 2017 RTW show, Ann Demeulemeester nailed it. Using fluffy, curly lamb fur or long haired fox, she wove in long feathers adding dimension and interest. Genius and, YES, we want it now! Languid lounge wear in soft satins and crushed velvets added to the decadence. Demeulemeester had a generous showing of leather separates as well. We especially liked the fitted leather tops that would make layering fun.
Sometimes designers go rogue and put forth a collection that is more about shock value than wearability. Rick Owens did just that with his fall 2017 RTW show. Make-shift headdresses with sweatshirt sleeves were a bit of WTF fashion. It was tough to tell what the exaggerated, sculptural shapes were trying to say. But like any good fashionista, we cut through the fray and found gems hidden in his collection. Layering and fabric mixing were what it was all about and we are likely to see this play out in more toned-down applications. Techno fabrics combined with leather and boiled wool were pieces of wearable art. Wrapped shearlings were like protective blankets, perfect for cocooning.