These 5 French Trends Are Now All I Want to Wear

Hannah Almassi
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It's like the fashion designers of Paris came together (virtually, via Zoom) to decree one giant anti-loungewear campaign for autumn/winter 2021—and I'm so glad they did.

Providing the very opposite to the comfortable, easy, athleisure-led clothes we've all been leaning into over the past year, French brands are putting a firm stop on that for the end of this year, providing cooler-than-ever workwear options, outrageous party dresses and the kind of loud daytime looks that we would never have imagined on the streets of this fashion capital pre-Covid. But that's what being restricted and trapped in one's rotation of leggings can do; many of us are now dreaming of something more joyful, more elaborate and more agenda-setting to wear when life stops being "unprecedented" and monotonous and just starts being more full again. Ballgowns down the pub? Yes, please! Shocking-pink suit for the office? You betcha.

Below you'll find five trends coming direct from the Paris Fashion Week collections—from bouclé jackets reborn at Schiaparelli through to the fanciest of frocks from Paco Rabanne, there's a lot here that I love and want to wear already. So for inspiration I found a few available-now alternatives if you can't wait to strip off the trackies and put on the ol' razzamatazz for a trip to Tesco.

1. BOUCLE JACKET

Bouclé the fabric originates from France, so it's no wonder that the curly-tweed jacket continues to be an item the Parisian brands do so well. Schiaparelli's artistic version is an heirloom piece in the making—truly magnifique.

Isabel Marant pairs it with loose-fit jeans—a sure sign of what will be the street style adoption of this trend.

Isabel Marant Kingy Checked Bouclé Jacket (£680)

Balmain Fringed Tweed Blazer (£1850)

H&M Bouclé Jacket (£40)

2. SUIT + ROLL-NECK

Suiting but make it casual—that seemed to be the aim for many fashion houses in Paris. The trick? Adding in a roll-neck instead of a fussy blouse. Longchamp also ticked the box for vibrant pinks, a trend that is continuing well into next year.

Nina Ricci's '70s mood set a tone that reverberated around Paris—there's more than a nod to this decade going on at many of the brands, so look out for flared-trouser silhouettes in the future.

& Other Stories Tailored Padded Shoulder Blazer (£95)

Ninety Percent Kaye Ribbed Organic Cotton-Jersey Turtleneck Top (£35)

& Other Stories Tailored Belted High Waist Trousers ($75)

3. SPARKLY FROCKS

I'm in love! And I need to be invited to something fabulous at the end of the year so I can have an excuse to wear a glitzy, chainmail, pearl-and-crystal-covered dress like these beauties from Paco Rabanne.

Even Isabel Marant—a pro at casual—has added in some very shiny, festive options. Side note: I've also seen paisley bubbling up as the next big print trend.

Rotate Birger Christensen Sierra Sequinned Stretch-Tulle Midi Dress (£340)

Paco Rabanne Asymmetric Metallic Guipure Lace-Trimmed Sequined Georgette Midi Dress (£3120)

Saloni Camille Crystal-Bow Velvet Midi Dress (£695)

4. PARISIAN PURPLES

Purple is perhaps the most divisive of colours, but some of the world's leading designers—such as Jonathan Anderson for Loewe—are backing it for autumn. When mixed with black, yellow and blue it looks offbeat and cool rather than frumpy.

Jill Sander's mauve coat is a really dreamy piece, and would be very welcome in our current spring wardrobes.

Bottega Veneta The Madame 90 Lilac Leather Pumps (£780)

Rejina Pyo Nane Purple Suede Clutch (£475)

Vince Pleated Crinkled-Satin Maxi Dress (£485)

5. MINI HEMLINES

We've been talking about it a lot lately, but PFW has confirmed it: Miniskirts and dresses are back. Coperni's chic little black number will never look outdated.

Over at Lanvin there were very fabulous lamé versions for those nights out we're all waiting for…

Andrew Gn Guipure Lace-Trimmed Embellished Crepe Mini Dress (£1785)

Rixo Lolita Printed Silk-Chiffon Mini Dress (£245)

The Vampire's Wife The Mini Frill Killer Floral-Print Cotton Dress ($752)

Next up, the trends that ruled London Fashion Week.

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