8 Top Trends From the Paris Spring 2020 Runways

Get ahead on the looks you'll be wearing six months from now.
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L-R: Guy Laroche, NIna Ricci, Rochas, Loewe and Lanvin. Photos: Imaxtree 

L-R: Guy Laroche, NIna Ricci, Rochas, Loewe and Lanvin. Photos: Imaxtree 

That's a wrap for fashion month, folks. The Spring 2020 show season officially drew to a close on Tuesday evening. Things ended on a high note, thanks to a whirlwind Paris Fashion Week that included important reminders about climate change from Marine Serre and Stella McCartney, a handful of jaw-dropping sets and a catwalk crasher at Chanel

As always, the runway remained the place to single out the trends; some were a continuation of themes we'd seen before in New York, London and Milan, though several were unique to the French capital. 

Followers of the seasonal collections will certainly find a few familiar themes: Hedi Slimane's Celine took us back to the '70s when Parisian girls — and their effortless silk separates — were the envy of the world. Elsewhere in the city, Thom Browne invited the fashion folk to the gardens of Versailles, trees were planted at Dior and Dries Van Noten and Christian Lacroix secretly teamed up on a memorable maximalist range. 

Before we wrap up our show coverage for the Spring 2020 season, let's take a look at what trends you'll be wearing six months down the line, via Paris. 

Garden Party 

Flowers of all kinds proved to be a big hit with designers in Paris. Dior opted for a print that resembled a floral arrangement that you might have picked from your garden. Comme des Garçons went over-the-top with 3-D roses, and Givenchy took the regal route with dresses bursting with bouquets of embroidered blooms. 

Rainbow Graphic Prints 

From checkerboard to polka dots, designers punctuated their collections with eye-catching patterns using a rainbow color palette. Some, like Lanvin, spliced the bright prints together for double the drama. Others, like Paco Rabanne and Rokh, lent some excitement to preppy polos with bold stripes. 

Full Transparency 

Your panty line was once a thing to be disguised, but this season's transparency trend means that bras and knickers have been on display almost everywhere you look. From a barely-there dress at Loewe to a see-through tulle skirt at Valentino; and from Dior's diaphanous frocks to Nina Ricci's organza blouses, opacity is no longer a requirement for clothing.

Head-to-Toe Black Leather 

A rollover from the Fall 2019 shows, black leather was big in the French capital. Designers showed everything from floor-length coats inspired by "The Matrix" to buttery soft eveningwear. 

Gold Mine

Designers ushered in a literal golden age, complete with gilded gowns and glimmering pleated skirts. The luminous, rich-looking shade made several appearances across labels like Balenciaga, Celine, Rochas and Saint Laurent, proving that extravagance is alive and well. 

Delicate Lace

Delicate French lace and its sturdy cousin, broderie anglais (embroidery with eyelet and cutwork designs), were all over the runways in Paris. Loewe's warm-weather range made notable use of the latter with wispy dresses and ruffle-collared tunics. Meanwhile, Junya Watanabe employed the former to soften up a traditional trench coat. 

Circle Cutouts 

Intentional holes cropped up in numerous Spring 2020 collections. There were bagel-sized circle cutouts at Paco Rabanne, Stella McCartney and Off-White. We also spotted the trend at Balmain, Guy LaRoche and Maison Margiela

All About Shorts 

Forget skirts and loose-fitting trousers, because next season is all about shorts. From mom-approved Bermudas to cheeky hot pants, brands like Chanel and Isabel Marant offered many iterations of the summertime staple. 

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