I’m just back from Paris Fashion Week spring / summer season. It was my first time at PFW and even though I’ve been to the city many times in the past few years this visit was different, it felt different. I saw Paris in it’s full fashion glory.

You’re busy so if you give me 5 minutes I’ll give you 5 of the best. Consider this your PFW cheatsheet. Keep scrolling for…

  • 5 key trends for spring / summer 2017 that you need to know about, now
  • 5 of the best show moments
  • 5 inspiring street style looks
  • 5 hacks for navigating Paris Fashion Week
  • 5 personal highlights

Side note to avoid head scratching: At this time of year Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris focus on the spring / summer collections for the following year. The autumn / winter collections are seen in spring. So the shows I saw were full of all the beautiful pieces we’ll be wearing in the warmer months next year. Get it? Good.

Thanks for dropping by! J xx

5 KEY TRENDS FOR SPRING / SUMMER 2017

1. 80’s Fashion

Slogan tees at Dior, chunky jewellery and baseball caps worn sideways à la the Fresh Prince of Bel Air at Chanel, Dynasty style shoulder pads and waist cinching at Balenciaga. The 80’s continue to inspire.

Images from Indigital

2. Sheer

Transparent style was, well, transparent across most of the collections at PFW. There were sheer layers at Valentin Yudashkin and Chanel, see-through embroidered skirts at Dior, camisoles and pyjama style suits at Lanvin.

Images from Indigital

3. Pink

Pink tweed suits at Chanel, blush whimsical layers at Dior, ladylike pink at Balenciaga and all shades of pink sports luxe at Longchamp.

Images from Indigital and Longchamp

4. Statement Sleeves

Sleeves came ruched and oversized at Loewe, puffball at Isabel Marant and floaty with arm accentuating drama at Chloe.

Images from Indigital

5. Ruffles

Metallic edged ruffle shirts, voluminous sleeves and all-over ruffly dresses were spotted at Chanel, while Chloé showcased cascading nautical inspired frills and Isabel Marant Victorian style ruffles. Ruffles ran rife throughout the Paris collections.

Images from Indigital

5 FAVOURITE SHOW MOMENTS

  1. Futuristic helmet clad models at Chanel.
  2. Oversized, feminine nautical vibes at Chloe.
  3. Mini bags – attached to gold bracelets at Chloe, robots at Chanel and Louis Vuitton’s Petite Malle bags turned into iPhone cases.
  4. The impromptu dance routine by models at the end of the Stella McCartney show.
  5. All the jackets in the Longchamp collection – longline, moto and bomber versions in leather, mesh and jersey featuring racing stripes and floral details.

Images from Indigital and Longchamp

5 BEST STREET STYLE LOOKS

Street style is as much a part of Fashion Week as the runway shows. Check out 5 of the most inspiring looks – ok 10, I couldn’t pick just 5!

Images from Tyler Joe, REX, Sandra Semburg

5 HACKS FOR NAVIGATING PARIS FASHION WEEK

  1. Bring business cards, you never know who you’ll be sitting beside at shows or meet at collection pre-views. I bumped into one of my favourite UK bloggers Lorna from Symphony of Silk coming up from the Metro at Concorde and we had a good ole catch up as we walked to our next appointments! Check out her amazing style at the link above.
  2. Use the Metro during rush hour, even Uber struggles to navigate Paris traffic!!
  3. Plan outfits before you travel, but still bring extra. You’ll change your mind (trust me), spill rosé on your shirt or the weather will change and you’ll be in need of a coat or lighter shoes. Oh and bring sneakers and a cosy sweater for when you can’t be bothered dressing up.
  4. Bloggers, make use of your contacts. Once you’ve been invited to one show or collection presentation make contact with PR agents for other designers and ask for access to their shows. You might just score a coveted invite (it worked for me!). Just be sure to have a French address / book your accommodation before contacting them as PFW invites are usually only sent to residences within the country.
  5. Enjoy Paris! PFW is a wonderful opportunity to meet inspiring members of the fashion industry and get behind closed doors but it’s equally as exciting to be in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Plan your itinerary to take in Paris – plant yourself on a chair for a few hours in the Jardin de Luxembourg, stare at well dressed strangers and sip wine in one of the chic brasseries along the Rue de Rivoli and wander quiet streets of Le Marais at sunset. It’s all part of the experience.

5 PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Being star-struck watching the incredibly beautiful Alexa Chung getting a tour of the Longchamp collection by Artistic Director Sophie Delafontaine at their private rooms on Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George.
  2. Watching the Valentin Yudashkin show live in the sumptuous Ballroom in the Westin Hotel. The Russian designer’s collection has to be one of the most beautiful shown during PFW. His compilation of smart casual clothes for day and delicate feminine tailoring for evening was breathtaking. One of my favourite looks included the pink sequins skirt below.
  3. Eating Croque Madames for lunch every day, because I could and because they just taste better in Paris!
  4. Getting a personal tour of the Longchamp collection and being able to touch the fabric, hold the bags and shoes first hand. The collection is inspired by the contrasts of two urban giants London and Tokyo with stripes and blossoms featuring on key pieces in the collection. Skirts and dresses dominate, well it is for spring but can be easily layered with any of the jackets and paired with plain or embellished sandals, flats or heels. The collection mixes well together but the stand out items for me have to be the jackets and handbags.
  5. Roaming through the vintage, eclectic shops on the cobbled streets of Saint Germain. I love that area. I always get lost but don’t care.

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    VALENTIN YUDASHKIN

Image from Indigital

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