Top Collections from Paris Fashion Week for SS18

Whew! It’s been one heck of a fashion month, but now the big four fashion weeks have each drawn to a close. Paris Fashion Week is both the last fashion week and also the most anticipated. Plenty of designers dropped great designs for SS18, but the following houses brought it to the next level. Keep scrolling to see all my #PFW picks, and click on the images for that designer’s full collection.

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Paris fashion is known for being over-the-top, avante garde, and often misunderstood by those outside the world of high fashion. However, the latest Sonia Rykiel collection is so much more relateable. It borrows trends from the street style gamut, but presents them in a way that is a little more timeless than trendy.

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I especially like Charlee Fraser in this – and her outfit. Looks like the ’70s bellbottom jeans will be big this spring and summer. Depending on where you live, you can read that as big again.

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I love the bralettes in this collection. They look so expertly made, comfy, and cute.

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A lot of vintage trends have made their way into this collection, but I’m not complaining.

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I always look forward to seeing new Valentino collections. This prestigious house is one of my favorites, and I’m rarely disappointed by what they put out. This spring and summer collection is looking good as usual; I’ve picked out some of my favorite looks.

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The fabrics are rich and the details are embroidered.

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Kaia Gerber made a great impression on the industry in her first fashion week, walking for big names like Calvin Klein and Versace. But walking for Valentino is a really big deal; especially during a debut fashion week. No doubt she’s already making mom Cindy Crawford proud!

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Valentino doesn’t usually cast big name celebrities, preferring instead to stick with runway veterans. Lea Julian, Faretta, and Ratner are just a few of my favorites who made appearances at Valentino this season.

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I always look forward to Johanna Oritz‘ latest collections too; and this one was no disappointment. This season, she has opted for a lookbook as opposed to a traditional runway presentation. Each of these street style shots are a pure piece of art. The images that result from a runway presentation are, by contrast, left up to chance. What the attendees wear, technical difficulties, and the stress of hosting an open event can all impact the quality of the fashion images that are relied upon to sell the clothes. When the designer opts for a lookbook, they remain in control of how the clothes are presented. In addition, traditional runway images never show us the back or the sides of the designs. With a lookbook, a designer can show prospective buyers exactly what he or she wants to.

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Lots of fashion followers prefer the traditional runway presentation, but I much prefer the lookbook. More and more designers are making the switch, so I’m keeping an eye on this trend.

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Anways, I digress. I love these floral prints and the colours selected for spring and summer. My favorites are the red and light blue combination, as well as that deep teal and the pops of pale pink.

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These dresses retain a floral pattern yet remind me of feathery fowl; perhaps a pack of parrots or a bird of paradise.

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The lookbook concludes with a gaggle of green dresses. I love how the pinks and reds are worked into these patterns – so fresh and springy.

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Johanna Ortiz might not be a powerhouse name in the fashion industry yet, but Chanel sure is. Although I find Karl’s collections for both Chanel and Fendi hit and miss, this one is a hit for me; believe it or not, you can mess up the idea of a classic Chanel suit. That being said, this is a solid improvement from the FW17 ready-to-wear collection, despite the tacky plastic boots. In fact, I even prefer this over the couture collections for both spring and fall 2017. In addition, I loved Kaia Gerber’s opening of this show; it’s a huge achievement especially considering this is her debut season.

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You can’t tell from looking at the pictures, but the models posed for these shots in front of a raging waterfall. I would highly recommend clicking on any of these images and watching a short video on Vogue.com to get the full effect. For this reason, the plastic accessories here are forgiven; they would actually be useful in situations involving waterfalls, or even rain.

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Who knew Chanel could pull off a denim-on-denim ensemble that I would actually wear! I also love this blue tie-dye for spring and summer, especially in swimwear form.

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The finale saw the plastic hats and gloves come back into full force, but also a lineup of beautiful white dresses. I love these classic pieces for spring and summer, and I’m obsessed with Grace Elizabeth’s closing. Maybe Karl knows what he’s doing after all.

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As her last name suggests, Alessandra Rich‘s collections are all about decadence and elegance.

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This season is all about precision, but that doesn’t mean that Rich is skimping on the delicate see-through details.

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Just because the suiting is serious doesn’t mean these frocks aren’t feminine. Flirty details like sky-high hemlines keep this collection fresh.

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The two things I love most about this collection are the details and the colours. Peep this range of pastels and check those cute buttons and belts.

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Is it still called a finale dress if it’s in a lookbook and not a runway show? Sure, why not. These finale dresses are beautiful in blue.

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This Balmain collection was noted by fans of the fashion world for being the first collection in a long time to look, well, different than every other Balmain collection from recent history. The designers at the helm of this powerhouse fashion label took a risk this season by experimenting with new fabrics, shapes, and silhouettes.

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I love the sharp suiting and contour lines in this collection. A lot of prestigious high fashion houses have separate suiting and dress divisions, but these suit-inspired dresses have the notion of keeping the genders separate standing on it’s head.

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Balmain x Loreal? Balmain x Victoria’s Secret? How about Balmain x navy blue.

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I’m living for these blingy embellished suit jackets and dresses.

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I like these fluffy-looking pieces too though.

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Redemption is an English word for a Parisian fashion house that knows how to command attention in an oversaturated industry. It’s been one of my favorites for several seasons now due to their clever fusion of modern street style trends and vintage vibes.

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I’m loving the plaid, denim, and layering this season, even if it’s not a fall collection.

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Parisian streetwear is all about a good slip dress.

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There’s nothing better than a beautiful slip dress paired with a comfy plaid shirt.

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I would replace both my fall and spring wardrobes with this in a heartbeat.

These days, street wear is what sells. But Zuhair Murad knows how to keep his place in the eveningwear market.

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For SS18, he delivered this collection of elegant eveningwear and superior suiting suitable for the red carpet.

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A few seasons ago, Zuhair Murad was synonymous with bling and embellishment. But this spring and summer is all about soft fabric and delicate lace cutouts.

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There’s no better way these days to ensure your eveningwear collection stays fresh than to borrow from the streetwear trend. Zuhair Murad has done exactly that without infringing upon tackiness. I love these delicate lace details and see-through panels.

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I’m not sure which one I like best: I love both the tan fringed dress and the finale dress pictured above.

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At Giambattista Valli, dreamy dresses and sweet sweater vests stole center stage.

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It might look like mostly eveningwear, but there’s a bralette or two in there for good measure.

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Can you tell I love green and maroon for spring?

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It’s glamorous, but comfortable.

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Saint Laurent, also known as YSL, dropped these decadent designs amid an all-star lineup and stunning location.

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The team at YSL lit up a sidewalk leading to the Eiffel Tower like a Christmas tree and paraded these pretty pieces down it.

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It’s streetwear, but it’s so high-end. And just look at the shoes!

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I love nearly every piece in this collection. It strikes the perfect balance between trendy and timeless.

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Behold the YSL bubble dress as worn by Kaia Gerber; the future is now.

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I like how you can tell it’s building up to the finale, but it’s not quite there yet.

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And the finale! I love Mica in this finale dress.

And that’s a wrap on Paris Fashion Week! What did you think about the shows this season? Feel free to drop a comment below! Thanks for reading. Stay posted for more of my favorite looks!

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