Paris Fashion Week: The top 6 trends in the works for Spring 2014 from Céline to Stella and beyond

Celine Spring 2014
Celine Spring 2014

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There’s only two more days of Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014, but the trends are already clear. There’s plenty to satisfy the street fashion stars who have an endless appetite for flamboyance. Here are the top trends:

From polo tops over circle skirts at Céline, to the helmut caps and visors at John Galliano, Parisians are on the move. Which also explains all the zippered bombers, athletic mesh, perforated leather and elastic waists. But this new athleticism isn’t about dressing to shoot hoops. A knit collar borrowed from a varsity jacket is just as likely to wind up on a silk croc print, like it did at Stella McCartney.

Sparkle and Shine
There’s a whole new type of modern glamour taking hold that is more interesting, more sophisticated even, than an all-over sequined sheath or satin ball gown. That could mean a mess of coloured discs on a miniskirt at Emanuel Ungaro, a pair of bronze jeans at Haider Ackerman or honeycomb patterned crystals at Maison Martin Margiela.

Anyone under a certain age might not be familiar with a skort. It’s like a wide cropped pant, or two-legged skirt, depending how you look at it. And look at it you will be because these will be the bottoms of choice for the stylish set come spring. In fact, Viktor & Rolf put most of their schoolgirl shirts and tunics over skorts.

Legs also have the spotlight in peekaboo slits (even horizontal ones at Stella McCartney), sheer paneling or lace (worn with shorts underneath).

They are absolutely everywhere in long Fortuny-like dresses at Chloé, accordian-style with arced hems at Celine, and the twinkling gowns at Givenchy.

There are plenty of slip and shirt dresses around but the newest proportion is a tunic over a full skirt that sometimes – like at Céline – might even have an uneven or sheer hem.

Messages with heart
Proclamations that we have seen on the runways this week include Life or Love written up the back of sneakers at Céline, slogans against overfishing at Kenzo, and an alphabet jacquard at Giambattista Valli. Fine art has also make its way onto fabrics with Brassai-inspired graffiti and brushstrokes at Céline, mosaic-like faces at Givenchy and Braque doves at Andrew Gn.