Paris Fashion Week: the key trends to wear this season

Here are the top themes to emerge from the luxury brands showing in Paris

Black and white

A new sobriety characterised the Paris shows. The collections were serious and grown-up and saw designers move away from eye-catching, flamboyant prints and outlandish colour combinations and look to black and white as the foundation of their collections.

Long hemlines

The length of hemlines has been linked to the state of the economy since the great depression. And if the length of the styles on the runway is anything to go buy, things are looking dire. Whether part of a skirt suit or a dress, calf-skimming styles are the way to go.

Statement coats

The only area brands were prepared to deviate from the new sober mood was with coats – after all, outerwear is the thing that gets the most wear in the winter so it’s worth investing in something a bit special. At Stella McCartney and Carven, bold colour was the focal point, while at Christian Dior it was all in the details, like an oversized bow that came on a showstopping red coat (pictured).

The clutch

Handbags have dramatically shrunk in size and now only fit the bare essentials. Valentino has long supported this transition and this season led the way with a series of quality clutches. On the whole, the envelope was the most popular style, seen at shows like Giambattista Valli and Givenchy. Brands like Celine and Rochas offered modern interpretations of it, too.