Paris Fashion Week 2016: Our Top Looks From Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Chanel & Valentino

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Miu Miu

Miuccia Prada’s vision for Miu Miu’s fall-winter 2016 collection included ladylike silhouettes with a touch of youthful attitude. Opening with denim looks featuring patchwork treatments, large pockets and lace collars, the Miu Miu woman paired her ensemble with short skirts and shorts. Soon after, fitted military style coats with strong shoulders and large pockets were shown. For patterns, argyle and floral prints made an appearance. Layered over long skirts are boxy jackets with emblems, reminiscent of a school crest.

On the modeling front, the show featured plenty of top names like Kendall Jenner (who made her Miu Miu debut), Irina Shayk, Adriana Lima and Emily Ratajkowski—with the latter two of the group wearing form-fitting cocktail dresses with exposed arms. Furs were a finishing touch, whether used as arm cuffs to jackets or placed over an outfit with a luxe stole.

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Louis Vuitton

Nicolas Ghesquière delivered luxe sporty vibes for Louis Vuitton’s fall-winter 2016 collection presented on the last day of Paris Fashion Week. As the consumer’s taste moves in a more street style, accessible direction, one of the industry’s biggest names heeds the call with many riffs on the humble t-shirt. From oversized sweaters featuring athletic stripes to t-shirt dresses with graphic motifs, layered over flared skirts, it is all about elevating a casual staple.

But that does not mean the Louis Vuitton woman has become just a t-shirt girl—far from it. Ghesquière also offered mannish outerwear with long coats and new takes on the leather jacket which was a focus of spring—cropped and shrunken this time. There were also lightweight and billowing dresses with bell sleeves and embellished motifs. Layered over silver knee-high platform boots, they command attention with their jig-saw prints and textiles.

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Chanel

Known for its elaborate sets—an airport, grocery store or cobbled streets are just a few recent callbacks—Chanel’s fall-winter 2016 show kept the backdrop stripped down with a white set. Creative director Karl Lagerfeld let the clothes speak for themselves with an outing full of classic Chanel tweeds and adorned in layers of pearl necklaces featuring the interlocking C logo. With over 90 looks, there is plenty to take in.

From sugary pink tweed suits to the boater hats in variety of hues and riding boots, there is a hint of equestrian for the Chanel woman this season. The camellia flower—another house signature—was used as a large digital prints. Roomy jackets with quilted detailing brought some volume to the show while a play on the trench coat in khaki featured subtle pleating. For those more extravagant occasions in a Chanel woman’s life, there are ruffled frocks and airy gowns with golden bands.

 

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Valentino

Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli unveiled the brand’s fall-winter 2016 collection inspired by a ballerina off-duty look. Marking the second to last day of Paris Fashion Week, the Italian fashion house started on a layered and dark note with models wearing long mannish coats, turtlenecks and button-up shirts. Over her dark look, the Valentino woman wears multiple necklaces and a cross body bag as she goes in-between her errands.

Then, the designers injected some lightness with soft neutral hues in pink, grey and khaki. Maxi-length dresses and mid-length skirts with plissé details are made for a ballerina’s graceful movements. The tutu gets reworked in many ways, from ruffled leather skirts to tops with tulle details at the top. The show ended with a series of sand-colored gowns, nearly naked on the model’s skin tone with sparkling embellishments.

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