Paris calling

Eryn Behan

Eryn Behan

Paris Fashion Week is world renowned for showcasing the premiere class of design innovation and cutting edge fashion. Here Ginger Trend Consulting for Mudpie looks at the top women’s trends coming out of the Paris runways for AW 10/1.

Eryn Behan is director of Ginger Trend Consulting, the exclusive agent for UK trend forecaster Mudpie and its online platform MPDClick, and a provider of fashion forecast services and consumer insight trends to the fashion and interior design industries throughout Australasia.

Boyfriend Envy
Paris Fashion Week pushes a strong female identity, painting autumn/winter 10/11’s muse as a force to be reckoned with. Masculine tailoring becomes a must for womenswear ranges, declaring the message that whatever a man can have, women can have too; think roomy overcoats, slouch suits and tomboy accessories.

Images from left: Paul & Joe, Chloe, Moon Young Lee, Balmain

Images from left: Paul & Joe, Chloe, Moon Young Lee, Balmain

As heritage trends dominate the runways and a plethora of designers opt for a no gimmicks response to fashion in the aftermath of recession, a range of classic hues are resurrected for contemporary appeal. Camel comes through as Paris Fashion Week’s top retro shade, working best for wool coats and timeless blazers.

Leather Pants
Black leather emerges as the fabric of the season, appearing in ‘must have’ collections across all of the ‘big four’ fashion weeks. The premier designers from Paris employ the use of the favoured material for statement trousers, the perfect accompaniment for tough warrior trends.

The grunge identity of the past two seasons is reinterpreted for grown-up appeal with the use of some nifty deconstruction; suits are re-worked while dresses and separates are slashed, draped and reshaped, resulting in dark layered looks rife with alternative flair.

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