It’s that time of year again, when the fashion calendar kicks itself into overdrive, taking us on an extremely well-dressed world tour starting in Paris with Haute Couture Week in late January, then on to New York, London, Milan and back again to the City of Lights in mid-March. And while we love scoping out all the hot new trends on the runway, one of the best parts of fashion week is spotting the latest trends out on the streets. Here are some of the hottest looks to pop up on the Parisian streets during Couture Week 2015.
1. Suit Up: The lady suit took Couture Week by storm with everyone from Chiara Ferragni (who wore not one, but two — Dior and Chanel, no less) to Elena Perminova strutting their stuff in polished two-piece ensembles. Chiara showed us that suits can most definitely be sexy; taking her slim-fit burgundy number to the next level by rocking the blazer solo and tacking on a few sleek black accessories (including a killer birdcage veil). (Photo via Diego Zuko/Harper’s Bazaar)
2. Rainbow Bright: Bold hues and eye-catching prints were everywhere. Fluffy red kimonos, fluorescent accessories and colorful coats showed us that cold weather dressing isn’t all black and white. How to pull of a spectrum of vibrant shades? Choose complementary or analogous colors (whip out that color wheel). Or choose a main color and then build your outfit around it. Nasiba Adilova totally nails it. (Photo via Style du Monde)
3. Statement Outerwear: While Anna Dello Russo definitely wins the prize for most outrageous outerwear this fashion season with her over-the-top graffiti coat, there were plenty of other statement-making threads out on the streets. From flowing feathers to brilliant blue faux fur, the fashion crowd showed us how to stand out while staying warm. (Photo via Adam Katz Sinding/W Magazine)
4. Sports Luxe: In case you were worried, the fashion world’s latest obsession with sportswear doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Athletic tees and trainers made a strong showing and were sported by off-duty models and show attendees alike. We love the mix of polished pieces and sleek activewear accents in this look. And that striking shade of blue? Swoon. (Photo via Adam Katz Sinding/W Magazine)
5. White Out: All-white was one of Spring 2015’s standout trends. And while the look might seem a bit intimidating (especially if your duds tend to attract everything from of red wine to espresso), this clean, elegant style is super simple to wear. From sophisticated, on-trend ensembles to long layered looks, we spotted plenty of on-point outfits hitting the pavement on the way to the shows. To pull it off, mix and match shades to break up the look, and throw in a few pops of classic black for added depth. (Photo via Tommy Ton/Style.com)
6. Sneakers for Days: Forget heels — stylish sneakers were the shoe of choice this past Couture Week. And with all those cobblestones, this is a style statement that isn’t just fashionable, but functional too. #winning (Photo via Tommy Ton/Style.com)
7. Multi-Seasonal Dressing: If you can’t wait to whip out your warm weather wear, take a tip from Veronika Heilbrunner’s Haute Couture style. The myTheresa senior fashion editor winterized a gorgeous Erdem gown by layering it over a simple white turtleneck, tights and cool Nike kicks. Now this is a serious lesson in transitional dressing that we will not soon forget. (Photo via Adam Katz Sinding/W Magazine)
8. Dressed Down Duds: With oversized coats, boyish brogues and relaxed denim hittin’ the streets, laid-back, menswear-inspired looks are totally dominating right now. We love the turn away from the overdone getups to this more simple, casual look that still manages to grab our attention with the understated, but no less chic appeal. And if it’s good enough for Caroline de Maigret, it’s good enough for us. (Photo via Style du Monde)
9. Platform Pumps: Remember when we said chunky heels were going to be big? We weren’t joking. This off-duty model rocks hers post-show with a psychedelic skirt and trendy camel knit. While flat footwear was no doubt embraced, platform, chunks heels with retro or ultra modern undercurrents were hitting the Parisian pavement hard and flanking the feet of the fashion elite. (Photo via Tommy Ton/Style.com)
10. Big on Fur: Fashion week style isn’t always known for its practicality (i.e. loading on the layers to watch the Spring/Summer shows in September when it’s still 85 degrees), but we were pleasantly surprised by all the weather-appropriate styles this time around. The must-have item? A faux fur coat that’s big on color as well as texture. We love the uptown element this purple fringe-flecked number lends JJ Martin’s boho, mountain-chic frock. (Photo via Diego Zuko/Harper’s Bazaar)
11. Double Denim: You might be surprised to learn that denim was out en force during Haute Couture. We’re talking shredded boyfriend jeans, denim jackets and yes, even double denim. And since the age-old fabric will be making waves come spring, we’ll be looking for new ways to wear this closet staple. We’re totally digging the way the denim pleat detail on this color block top adds an extra layer of texture to this outfit. (Photo via Cosmopolitan UK)
12. Cloaked in Mystery: Capes will always be classic — the polished, feminine piece instantly adds an element of elegance to any look. It seems the crowds at Couture Week agree, because we eyed more than one covetable cloak parading around Paris. This embroidered number was a particular fave, with the floral stitching serving as a nod to spring’s bold botanic trend. (Photo via Adam Katz Sinding/W Magazine)
What was your favorite street style look from Haute Couture week? Will you be testing out any of these trends come spring? Tell us in the comments!