4 Top AW16 Trends from Paris Fashion Week

From a '90s staple to the fabric of the season, see what trends were big in Paris


Words by Nicole Thomsen
March 10th, 2016

Rounding off Fashion Month for AW16, Paris continued the show with trends that by and large have been seen in New York and London, although in the refined and opulent manner you expect à Paris.

Suits You

Haider Ackermann AW16
Saint Laurent AW16
Balenciaga AW16

It seems designers have been listening very closely to Barney Stinson and his trademark phrase “Suit up!” as power dressing made a stand at Paris Fashion Week. From heritage checked suits at the reinvigorated Balenciaga to oxblood two-pieces in the fabric du jour at Haider Ackermann for the eccentrically inclined, the suit is easily translatable to anyone’s wardrobe regardless of personal style.

Great Lengths

John Galliano AW16
Nina Ricci AW16
Kenzo AW16

The focus on contemporary silhouettes has never been stronger than at the AW16 shows, and the sleeve is pride of place in this. Moving on, they have strayed away from the voluminous proportions of SS16 and have instead gone to extra lengths covering the wrist and hand completely. This isn’t about being able to use your hands, it’s all about the style statement.

Puff Daddy

Balenciaga AW16
Stella McCartney AW16
Rick Owens AW16

Is it puffer or puffa? Either way, we love it when a trend is practical, and none more so than AW16’s hero outerwear, the puffa jacket. Although it’s a surprising sartorial choice from the fashion elite, it’s one that a host of designers are pegging as the It jacket for winter from Stella McCartney, who sent the most luxe midnight velvet version ever seen down the runway to Balenciaga where the jacket was in a cropped state in post box red. Winter is set to be a warm affair, no matter what the weather.

Smooth Like Velvet

Givenchy AW16
Roland Mouret AW16
Stella McCartney AW16

Are you sick of hearing about it already? It’s hard to ignore its omnipresence, as velvet is the fabric of the season. Or of next season. It’s an idea that has travelled right through from New York to Paris; whatever you wear this autumn, a jumpsuit, smock dress or loose-fitting tailored pants, make sure they’re made of velvet.

Miss out on all the trends from London? You can read all about them here and make sure you’re ahead of the game for next season!