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TOP TRENDS: From The Spring 2017 Haute Couture Shows At Paris Fashion Week

The Spring 2017 Haute Couture shows kicked off in Paris yesterday, so here’s my overview of the top trends from day one.

 Giambattista Valli Spring 2017, via  The Business Of Fashion

Giambattista Valli Spring 2017, via The Business Of Fashion

 Redemption Spring 2017 via  WWD

Redemption Spring 2017 via WWD

FRILLS + RUFFLES: "In your face" is an understatement when it comes the sheer volume and size of the frills gracing the runways yesterday. Redemption led the pack in this trend with totally oversized ruffled shoulders contrasting with body-con style silhouette mini dresses. Giambattista Valli also featured this trend in a big way with more of a nod to 80’s pretty-in-pink prom style dresses. But was more than the froufrou frills that gave some of these gowns their flashback feels, many were presented in what appears to be taffeta!

 Giambattista Valli Spring 2017, via  The Business Of Fashion

Giambattista Valli Spring 2017, via The Business Of Fashion

 Christian Dior Spring 2017, via The Business Of Fashion 

Christian Dior Spring 2017, via The Business Of Fashion 

TULLE: This was by far the fabric of choice. Everyone showed it in not too dissimilar ways, and using it to the max was evidently the hot tip on the memo that must have circulated. The best examples were seen at Giambattista Valli and Christian Dior

 Ralph & Russo Spring 2017, via The Business Of Fashion

Ralph & Russo Spring 2017, via The Business Of Fashion

 Giambattista Valli Spring 2017, via T he Business Of Fashion

Giambattista Valli Spring 2017, via The Business Of Fashion

PASTELS: With frills, ruffles and tulle in every direction there was really no other colour palette that stood a chance. A dreamy, romantic vibe dominated, particularly when the softest of pastel shades made an appearance. Powder blue, soft lilac and, of course, pale pink were seen in almost all of the Haute Couture shows. It made me wonder if the 2016 Pantone Colours of the Year could actually be staying for a little while longer!

 Schiaparelli Spring 2017, via  The Business Of Fashion

Schiaparelli Spring 2017, via The Business Of Fashion

 Redemption Spring 2017, via  WWD

Redemption Spring 2017, via WWD

TAILORING: It was fantastic to see a return to sharp, tailored looks such as tuxedos with slim leg pants and blouses, because, let’s face it, Spring isn’t all about dresses. I think the sleek silk suit from Schiaparelli took top honours in this category.

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