5 Trends from Paris Fashion Week

Although fashion is blatantly present in many cities across the world, Paris is the ultimate trendsetter. With its iconic fashion houses such as Chanel and Dior that created signature looks as classic and à la mode today as they were in the past, French fashion has set the standard for trendsetting luxury fashion brands.

Even though we are just taking our sweaters out of the mothballs as colder weather is starting to dawn upon us, the buzz of Fashion Month already has us thinking about what we’re going to wear come spring. Paris Fashion Week has come to an end, but let’s recap what these brilliant designers have in store for us in a few months.

Pick Your Fabric

This spring, designers are showing a plethora of different fabrics and experimenting with shapes. Some are sheer and transparent, lightening up the looks of Valentino and Alberta Ferretti, showing elegant dresses with floral prints and fringe.

Denim was also huge this season. (Shocker.) It seems to be in-season all the time, but designers such as Chloé were showing denim sweatshirts, drop waist dresses, and maxi skirts.

Finally, there’s suede. Usually a fabric associated with fall and winter collections, suede dresses from Gucci and Altuzarra elegantly graced the runways, giving the fabric a lighter, breezier feel.

70’s Comeback

Before you say “Oh no,” hear me out when I say this is a good thing. Trends like wide legged pants and hippie floral prints on dresses are making a comeback as shown by Céline. Don’t worry, this trend will have you looking as elegant and chic as ever and not like you stepped out of a time machine from a Woodstock festival.



Every season has to have one. Fall 2014 was emerald and Spring 2015 is… (drum roll please) …yellow! This season, wear a softer yellow with an unexpected texture, such as draping from Emanuel Ungaro, or a fringed tiered dress from Paule Ka.

Long Hair and Black Eye liner

Who said Fashion Week was all about the clothes? As opposed to past seasons when designers were showing cropped cuts and bobs, now they return to long locks that hit past the chest. In terms of makeup, if you’re going to keep one thing in your makeup bag, make sure it’s a black eye liner pencil because it’s versatile, and you can create any look with it. Givenchy created a punkish cat eye; Saint Laurent with a bold rocker-esque rimmed eye; and Sonia Rykiel with a soft smudge.


Ok, I’m not saying you have to wear a wacky dress or a costume when you walk out the door this spring, but you can if you want. Point being, anything goes this spring, and you basically can do no wrong.


If you missed our #GoldLabelSS15 #PFW show this afternoon you can see all the looks on our Facebook page right now.

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Bonus: Feminism Protests

Feminism and equal rights between men and women have been all the rage since Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In hit shelves and Emma Watson made her now-famous speech for the United Nations representing the He for She campaign. Now, Fashion Week has played a part in it too. Karl Lagerfeld showed a collection with professional and traditional Chanel tweed suits with pops of color, creating a spin on workwear. To follow this, the Chanel finale consisted of all the models parading the catwalk, carrying protest signs with slogans such as “Divorce pour tous,” “Ladies First” and “History is Her Story.” This makes equal rights for women very “in” for this coming season, and I predict, for all seasons to come.

About Lenna Ohanesian

Lenna Ohanesian is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in French and Business Administration. She is from a northern suburb of Chicago and has lived in the area all of her life. Her interests include fashion, cuisines of different cultures, and traveling. Read more from this author.