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Fanny packs trend and resurface in fashion world

Thanks to high-fashion names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang, the fanny pack has become one of the rising trends of 2017.

 

Fanny packs started trickling back into mainstream street-style fashions in the fall of 2016 after appearing in several menswear fashion shows, according to W Magazine. After much collaboration with the street-savvy brand Supreme, Louis Vuitton premiered the fanny pack on the high fashion runway, and since then, the trend has shown up in everyday style.

 

W reported that designer brands like Alexander Wang are marketing the fanny pack as the “hands-free purse” as a nod to its convenience. Even popular celebrities like the Kardashians, A$AP Rocky, Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna have donned fanny packs over the past few months.

 

“All the major designers have come out with fanny packs as part of their collection – notably Supreme Balenciaga, Gucci and Chanel,” Taylor McNickle, an account executive for Uncommon Fashion in Los Angeles, said.

 

“By styling them over the shoulder or like a belt, they’re re-invented to keep it current.”

McNickle said most trends cycle in and out of style. Recent fashion has seen of lot of resurgence from ‘90s style. The fanny pack was a major trend in the ‘90s, which is partially why it has joined the list of other trendy items like scrunchies, Vans shoes as well as casualwear and chokers.

 

McNickle also said social media and “trickledown fashion,” a theory where high fashion is repurposed into obtainable and affordable fashion, were primary reasons for  this resurgence.

 

“If a big-name designer sends a fanny pack to someone like Bella Hadid, it’s going to start a trend,” McNickle said. “In a social media world, our inspirations are models and bloggers because they have so much pull in the fashion community and make or break trends.”

 

The functionality of the fanny pack has been a widely discussed topic as it creeps back into current trends. Fanny packs are stylish, gender-neutral, available in a variety of sizes and do not have to make a statement, which is what makes them practical accessories, according to Forbes.

 

While functional, this trend has come back mostly for stylistic reasons, McNickle said.

 

“I personally do not think designers make something for practical reasons these days,” McNickle said. “Everything is for a picture – people go to the flower market or a festival to get a good Instagram picture, and they wear certain clothes to make a statement in their photo.”

 

In the last several years, fanny packs have seen a gradual rise in interest. The term hit maximum search interest from Sept. 24 to 30, according to statistics on Google Trends. The top searchers in the U.S. for the term “fanny pack” were from California, Hawaii, New York, Nebraska and Louisiana.

 

Erika Ladmirault, a manager at Highland Side boutique in Baton Rouge, has noticed fanny packs coming back into style. Ladmirault said it’s hard to tell why certain things trend and even harder to tell if the trend will last, or if it’s just a short-term “fad.” Things usually begin trending from popular media and, in this case, increased music festival attendance.

 

“The fashion and retail industry constantly prove that everything old will become new again,” Ladmirault said. “As a buyer and store manager, it is very easy to spot a trend whether it be at a market or shopping on my own.”

 

Ladmirault said the fanny pack is only trendy because of its current status as a “fad” in fashion.

 

“I’m not opposed to the idea of fanny packs, but I don’t personally use them,” Ladmirault said. “I don’t think they’ll be the ‘it’ item for very long.”

What is lampshading? The leggy fashion trend, explained

Have you been scrolling through celebrity street style photos lately and thought, ‘Hey, that shirt and boots combo looks strikingly like a lamp!’

 

No? Well, let us elaborate…

 

Lampshading is the pairing of boots with a large or oversized shirt or sweatshirt — and it has been blowing up our Insta-feeds recently. Although the term is less-than-attractive, the idea behind it makes sense — the oversized top is meant to make the silhouette of a lampshade in comparison to the wearer’s legs.

 

The Skimm was one of the first to report on the trend at the end of 2015, originating from the college-chic style of wearing oversized T-shirts over Nike shorts. PopSugarfollowed in 2016 with a gallery predominately of the Kardashian-Jenner clan in it’s evolved form of over-the-knee boots and shirt dresses. Since then, the trend has surged thanks in part to the popularity of thigh and hip-high boots

 

Kylie Jenner, one of the O.G. lampshaders, wore the look to the PrettyLittleThing Campaign Launch on April 11, 2017.

 

The color-blocked look featured an oversized white shirt with embellished shoulders and purple spandex thigh-high Balenciaga boots.

 

Ariana Grande went even more casual, pairing her sparkly over-the-knee boots with an extra large sweatshirt by The Sweetest Language in a thank you post for her birthday on June 26, 2017.

 

Rihanna, queen of trends, has also sported the look while out on the town.

 

She paired an oversized graphic tee with black lace-up, thigh-high boots by Unravel in an Instagram she posted on May 4, 2017.

 

Beyoncé proved the look can work great for maternity fashion.

Fall 2017 Fashion Trends For Men & Women

Chokers
90’s style is nothing new. In fact, it became popular in a more modern way about a year and a half ago. Along with ripped jeans, the choker is back in full swing. Get a choker necklace as your next statement jewelry piece.

Plaid
Designers are going crazy over plaid this year! But, not the plaid from 10 years ago. Think London’s Saville Row fabrics for everything from suits to coats.

Florals & Prints
Shirts, dresses, blouses and more with florals are back. From Topshop to top designers, you’ll find garden patterns and more on all types of clothing. This style will be popular for winter, too. Prints are also trending. From polka dots to other prints, show some color!

Non-Skinny Jeans
Sure, skinny jeans will always be popular, but the trend is looking more towards the bootcut of the 90’s. From high-waisted pants to full-length wide legs, there are tons of options to choose from. Match it with a flowy cape or a blouse.

Ankle Boots
Suede ankle boots, leather ankle boots and ankle boots in other fabrics will be everywhere this fall and winter. In L.A. and Orange County, it’s all about showing off some ankle, and these booties fit the look.

Capes
No, not the super-woman type of cape! These capes are stylish, and a way of staying warm and fashionable this fall and winter. From solids to checkered and plaid, capes will be everywhere.

 

Bomber Jackets
Bomber jackets are a way to class up your outfit and stay warmer in the fall and winter months. Originally made from heavy duty leather, these days this outerwear piece has gone through many changes and is made in a variety of different fabrics. The jacket, with ribbed cuffs and hem, a front zip closure and a defined neckline, comes in prints, as well as solids, too. Popular bomber jackets include the casual black one to wear with jeans or chinos, the leather bomber jacket, as well as leather and suede versions.

Prints
Prints will be everywhere this fall! From bomber jackets to shirts, jackets, sweatshirts and joggers, you’ll see it everywhere! Where can you find some of the best? Shop TopMan, J.Crew, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic and others.

Flannel Shirts
With the 90’s being back in full swing, it should come as no surprise that flannels are back and better than ever. These aren’t your flannels from 3 decades ago though. These are made from rugged cotton, and are more modern and polished. Wear them as a light jacket over a shirt or a button down, or by itself.

Stripes, Stripes, Stripes
From cashmere sweaters with blue and off-white stripes to t-shirts and more, stripes will be a big fashion trend for fall and winter. This includes women too!

Hats & Caps
From bucket hats to baseball caps, you’ll see this casual style all over Southern California. Grab a bucket hat in deep indigo blue, or a camel colored baseball hat. Or, how about a jean hat? Wear it backwards too.

The Roll
The roll of jeans or trousers isn’t new to fall, or winter, but it’s going to continue from the past year. Whether you’re wearing jeans, or khakis, make sure to show a bit of ankle between your leather work boots, or classic vans and your pants.

Layering
Los Angeles and Orange County can get a bit chilly during the winter months. Stay warm and in style by layering a classic striped shirt or oxford along with a jean jacket on top and a stylish herringbone blazer on top. The shirt, jacket and topcoat look will be big this year.

Forgettable fashion

Fashions come, fashions go. Many fabulous styles, colors, designs have walked down the runways and into our lives. Some trends have become icons of good taste, classic looks that never go out of style. Think little black dress or Chanel’s pearls.

 

Then there are trends that, from the start, were absolutely awful. The ones that we want to forget, except when we need a good laugh. I turned to Facebook to get people’s answers for this question: What are the worst fashion trends ever?

 

The response was overwhelming! Everyone had opinions — strong ones.

 

One consensus was that nobody liked the ’80s. The big hair, those stirrup pants, and hi-top Reebok gym shoes worn with scrunchy socks all got thumbs down. I remember commuting to work in that decade, wearing my suit with those gym shoes and socks. Not a great look, no matter how practical.

 

The other ’80s look many people despised were the huge shoulder pads. They were attached to every garment. You would wear your blouse with pads, top it with a blazer sporting more pads, then put on your coat, which of course had its own substantial shoulder pads. We looked like Chicago Bears. In fact, our super-padded shoulders were probably bigger than theirs. Yikes!

 

Other comments I received covered 2000 until now.

 

Many of us are very tired of guys wearing their jeans and pants loose and low to show off their underwear. This “fashion” means they have to walk with their legs apart to keep their jeans up, which sometimes doesn’t work. Just pull them up, please! Or use a belt or buy pants to fit…

 

It may have been a fleeting fancy, but some girls have also had issues with clothing and gravity. Many of us simply can’t understand what the heck is going on with those shortie shorts. The ones hiked up so high they show the wearer’s butt cheeks. Seriously ladies, the look is not attractive at all and I can’t think of anywhere it’s appropriate!

 

Crocs, pleated pants, mom jeans, neon, cargo pants, gauchos, man buns, parachute pants, rail thin models, low rise jeans, heavy blue makeup, pajamas for daytime, and the infamous mullet hairdo also made the Trends-We’re-Glad-To-See-Gone list.

Three fatal fashion trends in history and why fast fashion may be the worst of all

From mercury poisoning in Victorian hatters to the hot trend for radium beauty products, fashion has unwittingly caused an array of health hazards. But are we going to top them all with the microplastics in fast-fashion items?

The Hatter’s legendary lunacy raises questions about whether Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll was referencing poisoning caused by mercury in hat production at the time – a popular theory that may stretch the truth.

“People are extremely fond of theories that ‘explain’ the Alice books by connecting things in them to real-life people and events,” says Stephanie Lovett, president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America.

But the mercury connection has been strengthened by actor Johnny Depp, who played the Mad Hatter in the recent Alice in Wonderland films. Speaking to the LA Times in 2009, Depp noted a line where the Hatter says he is investigating things starting with the letter “M”.

“I did a little research and you start thinking about the letter ‘M’ and hatters and the term ‘Mad as a hatter’ and ‘mercury’,” said Depp, whose on-screen hair evokes the metal’s ability to dye things orange.

Certainly, real hatters suffered from mercury-triggered tics, convulsions and delirium. The brain disorder was so rife in their ranks that it became known as “hatter’s shakes”.

But other period fashion items could be just as harmful. One deadly threat stemmed from the colour green, which despite its soothing visual effect had toxic roots. Green dresses, wallpaper and more were dyed with pigment containing arsenic, an extremely harmful chemical element.

“People knew of arsenic as a poison, yet it was persistently used for dying clothing and hair accessories, as well as being used in wallpaper, furnishing fabrics and even used as a food colouring!” says analyst Lucinda Hawksley, the author of Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home. “The reason people loved it was because it created such a gorgeous vivid green colour.”

Manufacturers knew full well that the arsenic involved in producing the lovely colour did harm, Hawksley adds, but they ignored its impact because they cared little for factory workers’ welfare.

The book Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present recounts how, in 1861, a 19-year-old artificial flower maker called Matilda Scheurer, whose job involved dusting flowers with green, arsenic-laced powder, suffered horribly.

Scheurer convulsed, vomited and foamed at the mouth. Like her bile, her fingernails and the whites of her eyes were green. Before she died, she even saw green. Later, arsenic was identified in her stomach, liver and lungs.

Horrific suffering could also be caused by a later hot fashion trend based on another dreadful metallic substance: radium.

Residual traces of the early 20th-century craze for the radioactive metal can be found at the Curie Museum in Paris. Named after pioneering radioactivity researcher Marie Curie, the museum features a line of cosmetics called Tho-Radia.

The Tho-Radia line included skin cream, powder, cleansing milk, lipstick, even toothpaste: all laced with radium. “No pretty smile without pretty teeth,” said the Tho-Radia toothpaste puff that trumpeted a delicious sensation of freshness.

The lethal line that promised youthful beauty was endorsed by the mysterious Dr. Alfred Curie. No relation to Marie, Alfred probably had about as much nous as Carroll’s Cheshire Cat. In fact, the quack may have never even existed, but his outward medical clout must have reassured clients keen to have a healthy glow.

Equally dubious radium beauty products could be had in Germany and England. London-based Radior peddled a line of radium-laced products including rouge, talcum powder and vanishing cream. “An ever-flowing fountain of youth and beauty has at last been found in the energy rays of radium,” Radior’s advertising said.

The Biggest Men’s Footwear Trends In Autumn/Fall

What you wear at the end of your legs is unlikely to change dramatically from season to season. Of course, we’re not advocating wearing flip-flops in December; rather, we’re talking about the trends in men’s footwear, which have more in common with the tortoise than the hare.

 

But that’s not to say that there isn’t any difference at all. Subtle changes in the rest of your wardrobe (and the weather) do spur some movement south of the ankle, so it’s important to get up to speed if you want to put your best foot forward. Fortunately, we’ve done the leg work for you – here are five styles you should consider adding to your shoe rack for AW17.

Bulky Kicks

Call them ugly (because really, that’s what they are), but big, bulky trainers are ‘fashion’ AF right now. In a clear signalling from the menswear gods, every brand from Clarks to Nike and even Common Projects (yes, maestro of the stripped-back sneaker) has released a chunky-profiled model for the months ahead.

 

For inspiration, Mr Porter buyer David Morris suggests looking to the 1990s. “Sneakers continue to be key for autumn/winter with chunky, maximalist soles taking focus. Available in bright or monochromatic colour-combos, this nineties-inspired look is modernised by exaggerating the footwear shape in hefty proportions.”

 

When it comes to styling, avoid wearing these with skinny jeans, which will make you look like you borrowed someone else’s shoes. Instead, opt for heavier weight denim worn with a turn-up or straight-cut trousers.

Luxe Runners

If five-kilo clunkers feel a little too, well, corrective footwear, rest easy because there’s still no end in sight for the sleek sneakers that have dominated the footwear game for years.

 

“In contrast [to the chunky maximalist soles], luxe sneakers are also still on trend this winter,” says Morris, who adds that there is a sporty feel to more recent models. “Clean, classic running-style shoes [are back] with a focus on quality and craftsmanship using opulent, luxurious materials such as rich suede, tonal leathers and nylon.”

 

The best low-maintenance low-tops for winter come in muted colourways and wipe-clean leathers, but if white suede is what does it for you then you are A) a mad man, and B) required to stock up on plenty of shoe protector to keep them clean.

Military Stompers

A perfect storm of camo on the catwalk and moss green having a moment means that this season’s stompers are clumpy, chunky and wouldn’t look out of place on your childhood GI Joe toy (scaled down, obviously).

 

“The world of military clothing has been an inspiration to civilian fashion ever since the turn of the 19th century,” says Morris. “The high-shine, lug-soled military boot is the latest example of this centuries-old trend that is back for autumn/winter.”

 

The key to pulling this off is not looking like you’ve fled from a particularly muddy part of enemy territory. They might have their roots in the military, but these are civilian shoes and so should be clean and polished enough to slip under a suit. Think roll call-ready burnished leathers and uppers shined so hard you could shave in them.

Tonal Colours

As the outside world gets darker, most guys begin to reach for clothing that matches. But it needn’t be a total blackout this season. For AW17, big-name designers showcased head-to-toe colour (emphasis on the ‘toe’, in this case) and the footwear world has responded with shades from every crayon in the box.

 

Selfridges’ buying manager Luke Mountain says it’s an offshoot of the nineties grunge trend that has started to emerge in menswear. “Bright colours, leopard spots, checks and even distressing are coming through more and more.”

 

Rocking a tonal outfit that includes footwear in a similar shade brings a whole new meaning to “matching the carpet to the curtains”. But if bold colours are a little too much, the trend can also be adapted for an all-green-errthang or even camel look. Just kick off the boring black shoes and embrace some (any) colour.

Why It’s Not Outdated to Love Old-Fashioned Clothes

“Fashion has fallen in love with its own past. It’s a case of looking back to move forward,” Naomi Smart recently wrote in the October issue of British Vogue. It’s true; the catwalks this season have been full of nods to retro style, whether that’s the sixties, seventies, or eighties.

 

Increasingly, high-end brands are embracing classic silhouettes and designs so timeless that it would be hard to pick out a vintage piece from a brand-new one in a lineup. It’s a change that has been developing for a while now; as we celebrated this summer, one-piece swimsuits have been growing in popularity, as have longer hemlines and sleeves (we have the Duchess of Cambridge and Adele, amongst others, to thank for helping this trend to stick). Personally, I couldn’t be more grateful for the renaissance of classic style over aggressively trendy looks; if this is what it means to dress like an adult woman, it feels good.

 

Just as the fashion world seems to be rediscovering the joys of its past, I’ve been going through something similar in my own life. After having a kid, I got stuck in a serious style rut that consisted mainly of jeans and t-shirts and sweaters, unflatteringly stretched from when I wore them too far into my pregnancy. With little time to groom, less interaction with the outside world than before, and a baby who would spit up or wipe her nose on me at regular intervals, feeling good about what I wore seemed like a battle I was doomed to lose. But rediscovering the joy I used to find in dressing helped me to rediscover a true sense of self, and self-worth—because, at the end of the day, taking pleasure in style isn’t a materialistic endeavor.

 

When I was a journalism student living in London seven years ago, I developed a very different approach to fashion—mostly from pure necessity. With a budding interest in ethical fashion, I started to feel torn between my love of shopping and style and the terrible knowledge that over 15 million tons of textiles waste ends up in landfill every year in the USA, and many overseas garment workers are paid the equivalent of around $2 a day. I either couldn’t afford many of the ethical brands I admired or didn’t like what they had to offer (design quality and the choice was a lot lower back then than it is these days). So, I turned to London’s many vintage and thrift stores, instead. I loved to spend a Saturday morning browsing Portobello or Camden Market with friends, hunting for gems amongst the musty-smelling chaos of hangers.

 

It may not be the easiest way to shop given that it takes a significant amount of time and patience, but the rewards are worth it. Precisely because it takes time and patience, I do it less frequently. That means that I find myself thinking more carefully about my wardrobe, what exactly it’s missing and, therefore, which items I need to be on the lookout for. I enjoy the process of shopping so much more when I take my time with it; each bargain and beautiful item that I find feels so much more thrilling, precisely because it took the effort to find and is totally unique.

 

Vintage clothes in good condition have survived for good reason: they tend to be better made than many modern clothes, and if they’ve lasted so long already, you can be pretty sure that with proper care and attention they’ll continue to last. Then there’s the fact that if you fall in love with a design you know to be truly unique, you’ll be more likely to treat it carefully to help it to last and get it altered professionally to make it fit just right if it doesn’t already. These are the items in your wardrobe that you reach for again and again, conversation starters with real stories behind them.

 

I still remember all of my greatest triumphs and bargains: a beautiful Audrey Hepburn-style cream lace shift dress that, paired with a wide black satin belt with a big bow became a firm cocktail party and wedding favorite; a cozy woolen knit sweater that cheered up many a winter day; a beautiful A-line linen skirt with a  floral print; the perfectly fitting navy and white striped Ralph Lauren cotton t-shirt. I also remember some of the pieces I didn’t buy but wish I had: the elegant black and white dress with a flattering boat-neck and pencil skirt that, with a blazer thrown over the top, would have been perfect for the office, the most beautiful floaty golden skirt with a gauzy upper layer of embroidery that made my heart sing.

 

I now find myself with a similar set of style problems as I had back in my days as a student: a tight budget and ethical concerns, plus the added new issue of not having much time or opportunity anymore to go out browsing vintage and thrift stores on the weekends. But, with the encouragement of Verily’s own style editor, Lilly Bozzone, I turned to online vintage stores instead. I followed shops like Dear Golden, Adored Vintage, and Golden Crane Vintage (Lilly regularly suggests others to keep an eye on right here in Verily’s style section) on Instagram so that I’d see whenever they posted a new item.

 

Vintage shopping, online or in store, is a game of patience paired with the ability to move fast when you do see something that’s just right for you. Knowing your size, and knowing what you want and then being willing to wait for it is key. For me, the thrill of the chase, the joy of excellent craftsmanship, and the knowledge that I’m avoiding the temptation of fast-fashion makes it all more than worth it.

From red to cord: five autumn/winter 2017 trends decoded

Add a fraction of geography teacher to your corduroy, double the drama with a dash of disco or multiply the power of red by going woke. Whatever the variables, these are the equations that result in maximum style this season.

Woke red

Rihanna × Offred ÷ The Woman In Red

Bit sick of pink, millennial and otherwise? Us, too. Enter red – the color of AW17, and one that has been associated with, over the years, the Labour party, Campbell’s soup tins and Netflix. What the emergence of red means is unclear, but it’s a satisfying full-stop kind of color to wear, a statement for time-poor people, if you will. This adorable Chloé dress is one of the pieces of the season.

 

Where to buy it

Topshop is already on the LRD thing, with a subtle homage to the Chloé number.

Dressed-down suits

Working Girl × Silicon Valley CEO ÷ Spotlight

Fashion is smartening up: the suit is back, often in check. This isn’t the 1980s, so discount Melanie Griffith’s office looks in Working Girl and think of the slightly off note of sneakers with a pencil skirt. Raf Simons’ collection at Calvin Klein paired checked suits like this with cowboy boots. Or try over-the-knee boots, as at Vetements. Workwear that’s NSFW? That’s about right.

 

Where to buy it

Miss Selfridge is excelling in Prince of Wales suiting. A blazer is a good entry-level piece for the corporate chic trend.

Vintage cards

Michelle Obama × Kurt Cobain ÷ Elmo

Cardigans have been in the fashion wilderness for the last decade. No longer. Ditch the hoodie and the alpha sweater for this, and the more vintage-y (technical term) the better. Lust after this one by Prada, make do with a beaded number from eBay or wear as a twinset with a pencil skirt in the style of a high-school senior in the late 50s.

 

Where to buy it

Michelle Obama is the patron saint of cardigans. Her favorite store, J Crew, is a good place to find them.

Strokable cords

Teacher × Alexa Chung ÷ Jarvis Cocker

Strokability is guaranteed in fashionable circles this autumn, with cord back on trend. Moving on from the thrift store so-fashionable-I-can-be-a-geek ironic appeal it had in the 90s, corduroy has been given catwalk spit and polish by blue-chip labels such as Marc Jacobs (seen here), Prada and Mulberry. The geography teacher is now a fashion muse. Who knew?

 

Where to buy it

Mango’s pink cords are straight out of Kirsten Dunst’s Virgin Suicides wardrobe, and all the better for it.

Razzle-dazzle disco

Studio 54 × Joan Collins ÷ festival glitter

Sister Sledge namechecked disco’s key fashion labels in 1979’s He’s The Greatest Dancer as “Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci”. Fast-forward to now and they might also have to add Saint Laurent (seen here), Mugler and Versace – labels were disco’s razzle-dazzle, out-and-out glamour rule. Saint Laurent’s disco boots, as worn by Rihanna, are the alpha footwear of the season, and demand a dancefloor with every step.

 

Where to buy it

OK, they’re not Rihanna’s £6,855 ones, but New Look’s glitter boots are pretty close.

Fashion trend, or feminist statement? Either way, cleavage is back

Cleavage and fashion have never really gotten along. It’s not that cleavage is necessarily unfashionable, more that breasts just often aren’t a consideration for high fashion designers. Model figures, from petite to Amazonian, are rarely busty, and so the silhouettes presented either disguise or often ignore altogether the bust.

 

For Spring/Summer ’17, the catwalk trend was for modesty – floor length dresses, long sleeves, and high necklines – with not a collarbone in sight. But what goes up must come down, and after a season of rising necklines, fashion is taking the plunge again.

Leading the charge on the red carpet is Susan Sarandon. Never one to tow the line (at May’s Cannes film festival, the 70-year-old actress raised eyebrows in a floor-length black leather skirt) her latest act of red carpet rebellion came in the form of a figure-hugging Hugo Boss dress, cut low across her decolletage and slit to mid-thigh, at this week’s Venice Film Festival.

Cue the headlines. “Susan Sarandon, 70, flaunts EYE-POPPING cleavage in a busty gown”, read one. “Still got it!” shouted another. Still got what? A bust? Well, yes – our bodies don’t change that dramatically past 50, thank you. But cat-calling aside, what’s really so surprising to see here is fashion emphasizing, rather than eliding, cleavage.

She’s not alone. Another woman unafraid of a new trend (or her own figure) is Rihanna, whose playful approach to fashion saw her return to cleavage while the rest of us were still buttoning up to the top; case in point, that red Giambattista Valli Couture dress – “Rihanna almost bursts out of her dramatic red gown”, read one tabloid title. And just this weekend, Amal Clooney, who usually errs on side of conservative, eschewed safer choices for an Atelier Versace gown, BYO cleavage.  It seems that fashion’s modest moment really is at an end.

However outdated it may seem, to wear a low-cut top is to endure winks and over-familiar comments -from men and women alike. The only solution I can think of is not to care. Women have had breasts since the birth of humanity; they’re crucial to say humanity. We can, at least, celebrate the fact that fashion designers are no longer pretending that breasts don’t exist, and giving us the option to bare ours or not. For some, cleavage is a feminist statement; for others, it’s just a fashion choice. Either way, I’d say it was time to undo a few buttons.

Paris fashion week trend—look what can you buy

Paris Fashion Week marks the climactic conclusion to a frenzied Fashion Month.

 

It will host some of the most highly-anticipated collections of the season, including Dior, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and of course, Chanel.

 

Every show is a showstopper, with each playing a vital role in dictating which trends will permeate the high street in months to come.

 

So, what can eager fashion fans expect from the week-long affair, which kicks off on Monday with fashion editor-favorite Jacquemus?

If the New York, London and Milan collections are anything to go by, expect a sartorial smorgasbord consisting of nostalgic prints, political defiance, and hoards of celebrity offspring, peppered with the elevated sense of grandeur that never fails to distinguish the Parisian shows from their predecessors.

 

One of the most hotly-anticipated shows this season will be Chloé, who announced that Natacha Ramsay Levi would take the reigns following Clare Weight Keller’s migration to Givenchy in March.

This will be her first collection for the French house, which she joined from Louis Vuitton.

 

Her minimalist-meets-androgynous approach is set to inject a vibrant edge into the bohemian Chloé aesthetic.

For more on what trends, models and famous faces you can expect to percolate the Paris shows, read on, my fashionista friends.

 

The Trends

 

If the New York, London and Milan catwalks were anything to go by, the beloved shade-du-jour, millennial pink, isn’t going away anytime soon.

 

From fuchsia silks at Roksanda and dusty ruffles at Erdem to peachy hues at Mary Katrantzou and Molly Goddard, prepare for a season of rose-tinted love.

Glitter fiends will be delighted to hear that lashings of Studio 54 sequins slid their way into a number of collections this season.

 

Inaugurated at Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs with glitter-drenched gowns and iridescent sleeves, the trend was fully cemented into the sartorial sphere by none other than Gucci, who revived the globular tack variation by employing it on sweatshirts in a collection inspired by Elton John – Alessandro Michele seldom shies away from the demure.

With a perennial preference for all things sparkly (remember those silver boots?) expect to see this sparkling trend championed in by Saint Laurent.

 

Romance is making a catwalk comeback too, and we’re not talking the “boy-meets-girl” romcom narrative kind that perpetuates a Richard Curtis film.

 

Think wallpaper florals at Prada and tulle skirting at Temperley London, set to epitomise modern elegance by accentuating and flattering the feminine form.

The Frow

 

The Paris shows always boast the starriest of frow-ers.

 

From the Kardashian clan migrating from Bel Air to Balmain to the French cool-girls like Caroline de Maigret frequenting the frow at Isabel Marant and Commes Des Garcons (whose distinctive aesthetic was deemed so monumental that it set the entire theme for last year’s Met Gala).

Dior tends to boost the most A-listers, with Rihanna, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Karlie Kloss all making a stylish appearance last year.

 

However, fashion’s recent changing of the guards will bring a whole new host of faces to the front row, mostly thanks to the appointment of Edward Enninful, who succeeded Alexandra Shulman as editor of British Vogue in July.

 

Expect to see him sitting catwalk-side along with BFF – and Vogue’s contributing editor – Naomi Campbell, and Venetia Scott, his newly appointed fashion director.