And that’s a wrap! Paris Fashion Week came to a close yesterday, capping off a month of lusting after the hair, makeup, and nails we saw on the runways. There were tons of memorable looks—like the “techno-butterfly” eyes at Christian Dior, the bold red lips at Prada, or the Asian-inspired updos at Gucci. So we rounded up our ten favorite trends straight from the runways: colorful eyeliner, detailed nail art, and much more. See them all in the gallery!
For a collection named “Heiress,” Elie Saab’s designs looked fittingly rich. The colors were opulent, with cobalt, white, teal, hot pink, and black in monochromatic and pattern combinations. The silhouettes looked equally lavish, with cocktail dresses and slacks blended with an array of office-ready dresses and short suits for day. No lady’s ensemble would be complete without ultra-chic accessories, and Saab offered a variety of bold heels and totes. No doubt ultra-fan and front row star Taylor Swift will be picking out her next glam moment from this lineup. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery.
After showing a mod-inspired collection for his show in New York last month, Marc Jacobs continued the throwback theme for his latest lineup for Louis Vuitton in Paris, offering up an energetic collection dominated by a graphic check print. Jacobs modernized the retro looks—mosly in black, white, and yellow with shots of green—by showing sexy slivers of skin and adding bits of sparkle. For accessories, he delivered shoes (kitten-heeled and bow-adorned) and bags (structured and ladylike) as mod as the clothes. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery.
— Violet Gaynor
Call this collection Burton’s Bees. Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton’s Spring outing was abuzz with honeycomb motifs, veiled beekeeper hats, and warm shades of yellow, black, and gold. She opened the show with sleek suiting in waist-defining silhouettes, followed by corseted dresses in bold hues. Models walked the runway in sky-high heelless stunners with honeycomb mesh creeping up the foot (and in some cases, the entire leg). Meanwhile, jewel-encrusted chokers and cuffs added a heavy dose of sparkle, especially when paired with the evening gowns adorned in voluminous blossoms of 3D flowers. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery.
— Violet Gaynor
The beauty and romance that Valentino is known for was in full-force at the label’s 50th anniversary show. The collection wooed the audience with soft hues, beading, and lace, while sheer fabrics and peek-a-boo lingerie details added to the allure of the designs. For day, offerings ranged from pantsuits, A-line skirts, and coats—most notable of which was a signature red leather topper. Adding to the seduction, eveningwear included full-coverage gowns and embroidered columns, while barely-there transparent shoes gave the dreamy illusion of walking barefoot. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery.
Karl Lagerfeld staged another spectacle of a show to reveal his spring collection, decorating the Grand Palais in Paris with wind turbines and solar panels for a “sustainable” kind of a feel. The grid motif of the eco-friendly decor carried through much of the designs, appearing both as bold geometric prints and delicate embroidery. Sticking with that environmental theme, flowers embellished the dresses, as did sea-inspired pearls, which appeared on heavily beaded chokers and bangles. Other standout extras included striped platforms, leather gloves, and a highly buzzed about item—a signature quilted Chanel bag encased in a hula hoop. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery.
All eyes were on Hedi Slimane as he showed his first collection in Paris this week for Saint Laurent (no longer Yves Saint Laurent), including designers Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz, and Diane von Furstenberg who watched each look turn down the runway from their front row perch. Everyone seemed to be pleased with the debut—us included—especially due to the standout sequined jackets, slim-cut trousers, and floor-sweeping, rock star-worthy blousy dresses in bold hues. Adding to the bohemian vibe, each model donned ‘70s-inspired hats and platform pumps, while stacked and studded bracelets, tassel necklaces and wide corset belts rounded out the accessories offerings. Check out our favorite looks in the gallery.
— Violet Gaynor
We are simply green with envy at the bold shades of jade, forest, and mint that have popped up on faces and nails at Paris Fashion Week. Celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath kept things minimal at Stella McCartney, adding only a pop of color with Covergirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eye Liner in Jade ($7.50, covergirl.com) to the bottom waterline. Chanel took the trend upward with smoky pewter-mint lids and defined lashes, pairing the subtle hint of color with nude lips and pulled-back hair. At Kenzo, meanwhile, Manicurist Marian Newman painted nails in a myriad of MAC hues, including a pale shimmery jade, forest green, and bright mint. Want more runway inspiration? Check out our favorite beauty trends in the gallery below!