MINIMAL FASHION | 7 October 2015

Paris FW: victorian influences & brass details

Last week we highlighted our favorite styles from Milan Fashion Week and this week it’s up to Paris to give us new inspiration. From Ellery with the characteristic bell sleeves to Sharon Wauchob with oversized coats and intrinsic details (who was our absolute favorite!), utterly chic but fresh and energetic at the same time. It’s something we always strive for when getting dressed, but is o so hard to pull of.

Well, much to learn and I think SS16 shows us how it’s done:
1. Victorian influences
2. Oversized coats with attention to detail
3. Brass details
4. Nature prints
5. Long dark dresses

Victorian Influences
Alexander McQueen really went for it and sent a complete Victorian look down the runway. But other brands also incorporated delicate fabrics, Victorian details and a classic silhouette into their collection. It’s something we’ll be seeing more and more. Does this mean the era of minimalism is around the corner?

Oversized coats with attention to detail
We’ve been seeing oversized coats a lot over the years, but SS16 adds something extra: wide or bell sleeves, luxury fabrics and a belt with a life of its own. The oversized coat is making even more of a statement coming season.

Brass details
Large eye-catching brass details were everywhere on the runway. From necklaces to belts: if it’s large and it shines, you’re good to go. And if you really want to be on point, make sure it is inspired by nature as Loewe did with the fish necklace.

Nature prints
Speaking about nature: we saw it in Milan and we’re seeing it in Paris. Prints inspired by nature (from flowers to leafs and goose), can be either worn full on or as a detail on your jacket or dress. Funny how it always looked kitsch, but somehow looks chic and sophisticated for SS16.

Long dark dresses
Without looking gothic these navy or black skirts and dresses look sophisticated and easy going. Especially Ellery (second from the left) did an amazing job this year by incorporating details (brass circles and frills) to a minimal relaxed silhouette.