7 Top Trends From the Paris Fall 2019 Runways

Including the the color chartreuse and checkerboard print.
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L-R: Loewe, Off-White, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Koché. Photos: Imaxtree

L-R: Loewe, Off-White, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Koché. Photos: Imaxtree

Congratulations, fashion folks: We've made it to the end of Paris Fashion Week, which means that the Fall 2019 season has officially wrapped up on the runway. As one of the most jam-packed weeks on the fashion month schedule, Paris has maintained a full roster of high-caliber design talent even as some of the other fashion week schedules have slimmed down. What that meant this season was that Paris in particular had a lot to offer, from an emotional final Chanel show by the late Karl Lagerfeld to a Grace Jones cameo on the Tommy Hilfiger stage, PFW was rife with memorable moments. 

Along the way, designers showing in Paris built momentum for trends that we'd already seen elsewhere — the capes that Milan loved, the animal print that New York was so fond of and the head-to-toe red London favored — continued to show up in Paris, too. But there were newer design convergences, like the sudden appearance of electrifying chartreuse everywhere showgoers turned, as well as plenty of checkerboard prints. 

Check out some of the biggest trends from the Fall 2019 season at Paris Fashion Week below.

Chartreuse

Considering how much fashion has been loving slime green and highlighter-bright hues of late, it perhaps shouldn't be surprising that an electrifying shade of chartreuse was so popular this season. At Marine Serre the clothing was literally made of reflective material, but for other designers like Nina Ricci, Issey Miyake and Vivienne Westwood, the color was so bright it hardly needed any help.

Feathers

For designers looking to add a bit of glam without being targeted by the growing tide of anti-fur activists, feathers were the trim of choice. Some designers like Balmain and Cedric Charlier used them to add movement to jackets, while others like Guy Laroche relied on them to add high-impact glam to shoes. 

Checkerboard

The most memorable use of the checkerboard pattern came from Off-White, which presented its models on a runway covered with an oversized version of the motif. But Virgil Abloh wasn't the only one loving the geometric print for fall — Kenzo, Loewe and Balenciaga all put forth their own versions, too.

Leather on leather

Leather has been extremely popular this season, from New York's multicolored iterations to London's all-black looks. In Paris, designers upped the ante by showing not just a jacket here or skirt there, but leather pieces paired with other leather pieces. Think a matching red blazer and dress combo at Alexander McQueen, or a full leather suit in teal at Drome.

Notice-me shoulders

If Milan was all about pairing strong shoulders with nipped waists, Paris was about letting shoulders be the focal point, full stop. Nicolas Ghesquière went for ruffles so tall they reached past models' chins at Louis Vuitton, while Lemaire offered suiting with sleeves puffed at the top and tapering toward the wrist. Elsewhere, tulle, rosettes and cutouts were used to eye-catching effect.

Buffalo check and red tartan

Every fashion week had some version of plaid this season, it seemed, but Paris favored red iterations that included tartan-like patterns and buffalo check. For Redemption and Christian Dior, it showed up on outerwear, but Marine Serre and Balenciaga proved it could have a place on other kinds of garments, too.

Statement hats

Get ready to cover your head in something other than a beanie next fall, because designers are offering lots of fun alternatives. Valentino and Courrèges put forward delicate confections made of lace and chiffon, Ann Demeulemeester and Nina Ricci created felt toppers in bold proportions and Kenzo and Koché created Muppet-like pieces to make sure there's something for every shopper.

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