Paris Goes Back To Black SS17 PFW

Paris Fashion Week proved to be a dramatic ending to fashion month. Kim Kardashian stole the headlines not only for her raucous ensembles adorning each FROW but also due to the multi-million pound jewelry heist that took place at her apartment resulting in a vow from her husband Kanye West to seek revenge. The unfortunate event seemed to play out like a film script, whilst in contrast  a very different kind of drama was taking place on the runway as hundreds of models strutted up and down to showcase designers Spring Summer ’17 collections to their full potential and as usual…. Paris did not let us down!

According to Paris, the color we will be head to toe in this summer is BLACK! At Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello seemed to step into Hedi Slimane’s shoes effortlessly, keeping the same cool, edgy, 80’s inspired theme that saw this seasons collection become a huge hit! Leather, suede and sheer chiffon with puffed and padded shoulders teamed with washed denim and gold lame made for another youthful and extravagant show.

Chloe simply stunned with contrasting soft and feminine lines. Floating cropped trousers, deep V’s and collarless shirts and dresses whilst Dior mixed embroided sheer maxi-skirts with slogan tees inspiring feminists everywhere!!

Balenciaga went bright and bold. Signature oversizing and waist synching with bright stockings made for an exciting runway. Chanel went young and comfortable. Boxy jackets in colorful tweed with matching baseball caps worn to the side, you couldn’t help but wonder if Cara Delevingne had been Karl’s muse for this collection. 

Accessories went colorful and big when the collections were simple. Large earrings hanging from one ear gave a punk feel at Saint Laurent but a tribal feel at Balmain. Chokers are still popular but have developed into elaborate pieces of metal or thick scarves and bags are oversized and clutched in the hand.

Spring ’17 will see us experimenting with clashing fabrics, shoulders…. Big shoulders… and the brightest color pallets we have seen for a while. Subtle tailoring and whimsical chiffon will add the feminine touch to our wardrobes and accessories will be almost ornamental statement pieces that we wear with pride. However, the trend from Paris I am most looking forward to wearing, the one fashion that never goes out of style, the chicest and most fabulous of all is…. BLACK!

More about the Author. Katie Haxton is the owner of personal shopping service KHStyle Constultancy. As a "denim expert" she has worked closely with JBrand and Paige denim and previously resided in LA before moving to London to work with Trilogy, Chelsea.