With just a couple of days left of AW16 shows, runways are coming to a close in Paris which signifies the end of fashion month. Whilst tired editors will be happily packing their suitcases and waiting for the grand finales from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Chanel, we bring you the best looks from the French catwalks and everything we have learnt from Paris so far.
Vetements brought the hoodie into high fashion with a classically rebellious collection. Feminine floral printed bias-cut dresses were worn over embroidered leather trousers and models trudged down the runway in insouciant satin bomber and jersey hoodies.
Stella McCartney presented us with a relaxed, feminine selection of wearable pieces that would work anytime of day. Heavy bombers were paired with neat metallic knife pleats and sheer Oxfords looked evening-ready with maxi floral print skirts.
Céline cemented the trend murmur that trenches are well and truly back. Loose 70s flares looked relaxed layered under sky blue leather trenches with neat wafer-thin turtlenecks. Layering was key to the Celine style and winter sandals gave a nod to the transcient notion of seasons in the fashion world.
John Galliano was all about the 90s slip dress in all kinds of incredible, bias-cut silks that can be thrown on and worn with unlaced sneaker boots. The military embellished jacket made another appearance after being seen in London and Milan so we can look forward to seeing those everywhere.
Givenchy wove Egyptian inspiration with vibrant multicoloured disco tones. Leopard-print, bold graphic prints were displayed upon a wealth of silks and leather that made for a playful, if not overwhelming collection.
Elie Saab had a rock revival with a luxurious bohemian display of ruby and violet maxi dresses, biker jackets and relaxed blouses. The classic Saab embellishment ran throughout the collection from jacket details to intricately embroidered mini dresses but the overall style was wearable as well as decadent.
Commes des Garcons - if you ever wondered what the artistic love child of the French revolution and punk would have looked like, then Rei Kawakubo has answered this for you in her latest Commes Des Garcons show. Opulent ruffles and billowing leather pleats were followed up by intricate artistic prints in architectural designs that may not be as wearable as the rest of PFW but were an absolute joy to look at.
Dior If you thought that the French fashion house would falter with Raf Simons, think again. The classic 'New Look' references, ultra feminine cuts and covetable accessories were all there in abundance and the playful mix of print on neat miniskirt coat and cocktail dresses were a triumph for the Dior team.
Isabel Marant Red leather has often been a winner for Marant and this season was no different. Another advocate for the trench, Marant presented the classic coat in a new patent, studded form worn with laidback buckled boots and closely followed by eitghies ruched leather mini skirts, tweeds and zebra print details.
Chloé The Bohemian runaway found her home on the Chloe catwalk before transforming into a confident biker chick, switching between nonchalant peasant skirts and kaftans and head-to-toe tailored leathers.
Maison Margiela - John Galliano at his finest from the bubbled platform boots to the oversized neckties but all wearable. The outerwear was impeccable from the natty knit cardigans to the military-inspired blazers, and yes you guessed it, more classic trench coats.
Rochas - Romantic, eccentric and utterly decadent ways to wear everyday designs are the basic principles of Rochas. Whilst this season was a little more subdued there were notable hints of luxurious detailing from the chunky platforms and contrasting socks, lurex shirting and heavily sequinned evening wear in rich forest greens, tangerine and violet hues.
Each x Other - Another brand bringing the hoodie onto the catwalk, artistically led Each x Other kept it simple for AW16 with neutral tailoring, neat pinafore dresses and occasional splashes of collage and poetry that was splashed across relaxed jersey pieces.
Jacquemus - Following in the footsteps of Viktor and Rolf and Commes Des Garcons, Simon Porte Jacquemus is making waves on the catwalk with dreamlike, surrealist designs. While some of the more exaggerated designs won't make it far from the runway, the bow-knotted suiting, twisted tweeds and cartoon-like baby dolls will go far.