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From The Runways of Paris Fashion Week to Marsh Plaza

Predicting fall fashion trends based on this season’s Paris fashion week.

By Cady Ghandour

Boston University is no fashion design school in NY, but we definitely have our fair share of style icons cat-walking down commonwealth avenue. With BU’s diverse student body, people on campus’ style inspiration comes from everywhere, varied cultures, lifestyles, and more. It’s safe to say that when people watching from any spot on campus, you will see a little bit of everything. From the leggings and sweatpants girlies, to our street style kings and queens, rarely is an aesthetic excluded.

Regardless of where you’re from or how you dress. The capital and birthplace of fashion, Paris, has dictated the trends of every season, every year, for decades. Seeing as the spring/summer 2023 Paris Fashion Week has just rolled out, let me break down the styles you’re going to see on your walks to class very soon.

Christian Dior’s show delivered intricate lace and feminine silhouettes. The show was inspired by Catherine de’ Medici, the Queen of France in the mid-1500s. They somehow balance the intensely beautiful lace with simple free-flowing construction, in such a perfect ‘Dior’ way. It seems that elegant and exaggerated femininity is here to stay.

A world apart from Dior’s show, Saint Laurent brought a much simpler statement. Impossible to miss, the stars of their show, the pieces de resistance- fit with shoulder pads to reach the Eiffel tower itself- coats. Mostly floor length, if not longer, the coats had impeccable construction which focused on pronouncing the collar, lapel and shoulder area. Unique coats are definitely making a comeback this fall.

Dolce & Gabbana showed monochrome, form-fitting, and sleek, looks with blinged out jewelry. Simplicity paired with chunky accessories was emphasized here.

Vaquera combined the subtle edge of street style with the classy chic seen across most shows. They used some metallic fabrics to add flare to simpler looks.

Tying in with the fall season, one thing which stayed the same across all shows was a color scheme consisting of mostly white, beige, olive green, chocolate brown, navy blue and black. Truly the colors of autumn.

Whether you’re a fashion fanatic or you’ve never heard of Dior, trust me when I say it won’t be long before you see a shoulder-padded, long coat dragging in front of you as you’re rushing to make it to your lecture on time.


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