The 7 Most Prevalent Trends of Couture So Far

Some are more out-there than others, but what would you expect? It's couture!
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Some are more out-there than others, but what would you expect? It's couture!

After four days of couture presentations in Paris, noticeable trends have emerged — some more wearable than others.

While most houses opted for dramatically different inspirations (though somehow both Christian Dior and Chanel both chose to explore the dialogue between baroque and modern styles of dressing), it's clear that there are some ideas just in the water in Paris, from white suiting to a love of lilac. 

See the threads that ran through the couture shows so far below. Granted, most won't make it into mainstream fashion, but a girl can dream, right?

Hips Don't Lie

Giambattista Valli, Christian Dior, Chanel

Giambattista Valli, Christian Dior, Chanel

We're calling this the Kim Kardashian effect. Christian Dior showed elaborate panniers worthy of Margaret Theresa of Spain (you'll remember her as the little girl in Velasquez's "Las Meninas"), Chanel opted for an egg-shaped silhouette inspired by Le Courbusier and Giambattista Valli added flares at the hips of his '50s-style dresses. Let's hope this trend catches on and we can say "later" to SoulCycle. 

The Bride Wore Pants

Atelier Versace, Armani Privé, Christian Dior, Maison Martin Margiela

Atelier Versace, Armani Privé, Christian Dior, Maison Martin Margiela

Paging all Bianca Jagger wannabes! The white suit trend is coming back just in time for summer wedding season. But Christian Dior's couture jumpsuit is only for the most daring bride. 

Powder Puff Girls

Armani Privé, Chanel, Giambattista Valli

Armani Privé, Chanel, Giambattista Valli

Not satisfied by padded hips? Then maybe an entire pouffed-out silhouette is more your style. Armani Privé made the case for the puff coat, while Chanel and Giambattista Valli opted for flouncy, pastel-hued evening dresses. 

Purple People

Chanel, Alexis Mabille, Giambattista Valli, Atelier Versace

Chanel, Alexis Mabille, Giambattista Valli, Atelier Versace

Purple is the color most traditionally associated with royalty, so it makes sense couture designers would gravitate toward the regal hue. Or maybe everyone is just getting really into Pantone's Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

Legs for Days

Maison Martin Margiela, Ulyana Sergeenko, Alexantre Vaulthier, Atelier Versace

Maison Martin Margiela, Ulyana Sergeenko, Alexantre Vaulthier, Atelier Versace

Let's be real: If you are spending a hundred thousand dollars on a dress, you want it to show off your stems. Maison Martin Margiela, Ulyana Sergeenko, Alexandre Vaulthier and Atelier Versace took slits to the next level with their hipbone-baring designs. 

Monkey See...

Giambattista Valli, Schiaparelli, Maison Martin Margiela

Giambattista Valli, Schiaparelli, Maison Martin Margiela

Giambattista Valli, Schiaparelli and Maison Martin Margiela all got the monkey fur memo for fall. The long-haired fur gives off a shaggier, less-polished effect, for those couture customers who are looking for a more '70s vibe.

Who Wears Short Shorts?

Chanel, Armani Privé

Chanel, Armani Privé

Shorts may have only popped up at two shows so far, but when Chanel and Armani Privé condone the trend, the reverberations are definitely going to be felt. Expect shorts for evening to become the next big thing.