The 7 Biggest Trends from Paris Fashion Week

Take a look at what the City of Light had to offer for spring.
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Take a look at what the City of Light had to offer for spring.
From left to right: Vionnet, Rochas, Koche, Guy Laroche, and Isabel Marant

From left to right: Vionnet, Rochas, Koche, Guy Laroche, and Isabel Marant

As the old saying goes, it ain't over 'til Paris sings. And wouldn't you know it, Paris sang her final note yesterday, bringing an end to the whirlwind that was Spring 2016 Fashion Month. With the shows complete, it's time to take a look at what the designers in the City of Light are offering for your wardrobe next season. So, if you're interested in the biggest trends, look no further.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see how the season panned out. But for now, let's take a look at the trends that defined the Paris shows for spring 2016.

'90s

From left to right: Each x Other, Chloe, Koche, Kenzo, and Nina Ricci

From left to right: Each x Other, Chloe, Koche, Kenzo, and Nina Ricci

It's hard to sum up the '90s in one word, and the spring looks inspired by the decade proved just that. Grunge? Minimal? Parisian designers managed to capture it all.

Voluminous Sleeves

From left to right: Junya Watanabe, Elie Saab, Louis Vuitton, Christophe Lemaire, and Andrew Gn

From left to right: Junya Watanabe, Elie Saab, Louis Vuitton, Christophe Lemaire, and Andrew Gn

A trend with an Old English spin, voluminous sleeves have been everywhere this season — thanks in large part to designers inspired by Victoriana — but no city saw more of them than Paris. 

Mack the Knife

From left to right: Each x Other, Anthony Vaccarello, Vionnet, Lea Peckre, and Mugler

From left to right: Each x Other, Anthony Vaccarello, Vionnet, Lea Peckre, and Mugler

Whether on a kilt or splashed all over a garment, knife pleats were the leading edge in Paris.

Rocker Chic

From left to right: Haider Ackermann, Alexander McQueen, Redemption, Aganovich, and Isabel Marant

From left to right: Haider Ackermann, Alexander McQueen, Redemption, Aganovich, and Isabel Marant

There was a distinct rocker vibe to many collections in Paris — some skewed more Bowie, others channeled the '80s mega rock stars. Either way, we wouldn't be too surprised to see a guitar strapped to any of these looks.

White

From left to right: Akris, Celine, Atsuro Tayama, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, and Talbot Runhof

From left to right: Akris, Celine, Atsuro Tayama, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, and Talbot Runhof

Black is usually the story in Paris (and believe us, it still is), but it's hardly a trend if it happens every season. For spring, the city is lightening up a bit, and designers seemed to favor parades of all-white looks.

Hidden Hawaiian Prints

From left to right: Rochas, Chalayan, Giambattista Valli, Paul & Joe, and Guy Laroche

From left to right: Rochas, Chalayan, Giambattista Valli, Paul & Joe, and Guy Laroche

Palm frond prints are typically seen on Hawaiian shirts and the like, but things are a bit different in Paris for spring. If you're into a jacket with this friendly print, then you're in for a treat.

Bows

From left to right: Chloe, Maison Margiela, Pascal Millet, Lanvin, and Rochas

From left to right: Chloe, Maison Margiela, Pascal Millet, Lanvin, and Rochas

Looks adorned with bows — and there were many — stepped away from the overtly feminine and more towards a relaxed and floppy feel. Ruffles have been experiencing the same thing for spring in every Fashion Month city.

For more spring 2016 trends, click here.

All photos from Imaxtree or from the brand.