Bonjour from Paris, where we're in the midst of the final week of the spring 2017 season. From creative directorial debuts (Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent, Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior, Bouchra Jarrar at Lanvin) to the latest offerings from legendary houses, we have plenty of new collections to admire. Read on for the looks we loved most from the runways over the past three days, and click here for even more reviews from the season.
The gold and silver chain-mail number that Gigi Hadid wore to close the Balmain show is certainly flashy, but a bit more subdued than the skintight, armor-like dresses and separates we're used to seeing from Olivier Rousteing. It's nipped at the waist, but with its high neckline and loose, flowing skirt, we can imagine women with all sorts of body types wearing it — not just the supermodels who make up his Balmain Army.
I'd wear a T-shirt every day if I could, so seeing Carven's printed tee paired with a gauzy, asymmetrical skirt, a jewel belt and some chunky animal-print sandals provided me with plenty of outfit inspiration.
This tiered, long-sleeved cotton minidress is adorable on its own, but the addition of a shrunken knit vest — complete with on-trend branded patches — adds an irresistible collegiate vibe.
The Chloé show notes explained that the spring 2017 collection celebrates the "effortless simplicity of French style," but Clare Waight Keller also incorporated nautical and tomboyish influences throughout. I love the maritime vibes of this oversize navy and cream look, which is as cool as it is chic.
The square neck on this breezy navy and white dress gives it a nautical touch without being too obvious. Plus, the way it floats off the model makes it seem like a blast to wear.
Dries van Noten
From the artfully printed floral bomber jacket (complete with textural rope detailing) to the tie-waist skirt layered over a basic tee to the flat, pointy shoes, this look is just plain cool.
I'd kill to see an A-list actress wear this gown on a red carpet. The bejeweled high neck and shoulder bib make it just glitzy enough for a real fashion "moment," as the Hollywood stylists say.
This floral silk dress with a contrasting slip is the kind of number I'd reach for over and over again if it were hanging in my closet — which is the sort of garment that Isabel Marant really excels at every season.
I'm not sure what life situation is appropriate for this white puff-sleeved shirt (or dress?) that came down the runway at Jacquemus, but I'm going to make it my mission to find out. It's that good.
I fully expect to see many an editor in this pleated linen coat come spring 2017 — perhaps worn on its own as a dress.
Who says you can't wear pajamas and look polished at the same time? These layered suiting pieces — low-slung trousers, a crisp, white blouse with a necktie and a silk, robe-like overcoat in classic stripes — hit that balance of chic and comfortable that's often difficult to nail down.
Perhaps it's because I grew up in a beach town, but I am a sucker for all things surf-related, which is why this wet suit-turned-tube skirt at Maison Margiela won me over.
When you have a very big job with a very vague title (i.e.: "creative director" or "curator") the typical rules of office attire go out the window. Abloh took some basic workwear elements, like pinstriped shirting, and flipped them on their head — turning them into pieces that were structural, conceptual and, of course, cool as hell. This top, which opened the show, it a street style photographer's dream.
I love how Abloh's version of a "power suit" consists of an asymmetrical blazer fashioned into a dress, a feminist baseball cap and some sick glitter booties.
This light-as-air look was practically made with me in mind: The long-sleeved white minidress — complete with waist belt — is sheer in just the right places, and would be just as appropriate for a fancy party as it would for a casual date, paired with a motorcycle jacket and ankle booties (as shown here). I honestly wish this whole ensemble was "see now, buy now" — no matter what the cost.
With its sporty neckline, sheer overlay, exposed seams and lovely polka-dot print, this dress could work for nearly every comprehensible situation. I, for one, could guarantee I'd wear it to shreds.
This dress is both sweetly feminine and futuristic — not an easy balance to achieve, but Rabanne did it well.
This twisted purple confection has us all wishing that Rick Owens would play with color more often. (Much more often.)
The fluffy cape made from feathers was one of the show's closing looks, and we can imagine a Gothic, offbeat bride somewhere in the world wearing this to marry her own dark prince.
The opening gown that Alessandro Dell'Acqua showed for Rochas was done up in silk layers the colors of a sunset. It doesn't get much more eye-catching than that.
The retro schoolgirl vibes of this look really tickle me. Couldn't the "R" stand for Rydell High instead of Rochas?