So what's new this season? Padding, protective lines and cosy knits came together on the catwalks, perhaps as a shelter from the doom and gloom of a world in crisis. But if trends are truly heading for more and more comfort, fashion is retaining its sense of fun, its color and glamour, always with an sense of determination and self-assuredness. In short, this season it's all about celebrating the individuality of style through the multitude of trends waiting to be worn.
From flying saucers to stars via the all-over astronaut prints at Chanel, fashion took flight for new frontiers with interplanetary inspirations. Think little 60s-style dresses, silver-studded denim and silk as light as zero gravity.
Mixing, juxtaposing and stitching together what may first seem at odds, this season, the designers quenched their thirst for folk, mixing and matching unexpected pairings of prints, materials and tones.
A flurry of feathers for a touch of couture, the common denominator at Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel. White only, and soft, stylish and poised.
Heading to the top of the trends list this season are total denim looks à la Brooke Schield circa 1984, ultra luxury and impeccably tailored for maximum everyday elegance.
Something a little less ordinary for Fall/Winter 2017-2018 as the runways saw color blocking coated in plastic. Re-worked rain coats at the highest end of the style scale, dreamt up by Raf Simons at Calvin Klein, Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Massimo Giorgetti at Emilio Pucci.
It's knitting but not as your grandmother knows it. A modern twist on the cosy classic where wool is broken down and reinterpreted in new and poetic ways, dabbling with fringing, sometimes stretched out or infused with a touch of Hygge, the Danish craze for comfort.
With technicolored rainbows and bright bursts of color, fur is not holding back this season. An antidote to winter blues seen at Miu Miu, Prada and Fendi.
Fashion can be a sociological study, and the new trend for gray business suits is intriguing. Styled-up tailoring for business girls straight from the office, or on their way out.
A simple but effective motif, polka dots zere all over this season. Use and abuse on one condition: stick to black and white.
Padding was prevalent on this season’s catwalks, suggesting that style is giving way to comfort. Creating new proportions, blankets came in quilted piles, made from technical materials for ever new hybrid forms.
For an artisanal feel, a left-unfinished effect is on its way next winter. A surplus of strings and materials bring a certain charm to a look.
From secretary to business woman, the new generation of white-collared women workers has arrived. They're unwilling to reveal their true figure until their feet which are poised on brightly colored stiletto heels.
Although padded jacket mania is starting to die out this winter, the fashion world is feeling more and more intrigued by sportswear. Think spiced up ski jackets, rainbow tracksuits, retro gilets and cosy fleeces. Totally modern and no holds barred.
Black. Patent. Leather. As if in tribute to Trinity, the Matrix character, think futuristic dominatrix: sexy silhouettes for modern mistresses.
Never so prevalent, Lucite green and turquoise tones are totally modern while respecting the rules of elegance. Worn as a full look, the burst of color electrifies a wardrobe.
For now, it seems square shoulders are here to stay. An exercise in style seen on strict, exaggerated suit jackets and coats in a quest to create new forms of elegance and movement to get further in a world in crisis and fight from the front in style.
Florals, bandana prints and paisley chanelled a hippy vibe as the prints played with conventions, flirting with kitsch on the border between bohemian and bourgeoisie.
Diana Vreeland’s favorite print prowled down the catwalks once again this season as Leopard spots were seen at Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors and Etro. Always a touch on the wild side, and not one to change its spots, the star print continues to tame the town, stylish by day and glamorous by night.
Following in the wake of the 90s spirit, a geometric game of checked flannel to wear open, to layer over a leotard or knit or alone as a top for the ultimate look of nonchalence.
At once preppy and wild, a mix of genres to stay warm in the modern world.
Sparkles, sequins in gold and silver shine brightly with a resolutely contemporary energy, reflecting a desire for a dazzling elegance, made all the more magnificent when worn as a full look.
Cosy materials in sand and camel tones with soft lines: sheepskins are the natural choice for next winter. Dynamic and athletic with an urban edge, with a wild version at Coach 1941, mountainesque at Hermès and hip hop at Marc Jacobs.
Next winter is in the pink with fringes and pearls. It's a color as refined as it is graphic for a new idea of evening wear.
For Fall/Winter 2017-2018, the designers have restyled puffa jackets to the extreme with oversized quilted padding and comfy, chic detailing to counter the subzero temperatures.
BLACK & BLUE
A flash of inky blue to light up the night in a duel chromatic look of the two chicest colors.
Seen at so many shows this season, silver flirted with the conceptual, creating hybrids with padding and pleats, and providing a modern twist on classic quilted jackets which were posed simply on the shoulders.