After Milan’s season showcase was over, it was time for Paris Fashion Week to launch its autumn/winter runways. As usual, Dior was first on the agenda, and it took place at the Bassin de L’Octogone, in the city’s famous Jardin des Tuileries.
The collection was certainly the main reason for the event, but Rihanna’s sensational appearance in her most spectacular maternity look to date stole the show.
Sitting front row alongside the likes of Anya Taylor-Joy, Yara Shahidi and Elle Macpherson, not even the most calm and collected fashion editors could resist launching their iPhone lenses into the air in the hope of getting ‘the shot’ as Rihanna made her way to her front row seat wearing a sheer black babydoll dress which made the most of the ‘underwear/outerwear’ trend.
Rihanna’s look wasn’t the only thing that was trending on that day. Maria Grazia Chiuri, a designer, showcased her vision for AW22 in her latest collection for Dior. It featured a range of futuristic pieces created in collaboration with D-Air lab (an Italian start-up that specializes in protective clothing for the ski- and motocross industry).
There were many ‘Dior staples’ that are still easily recognisable, including the Bar Jacket, sheer evening dresses, and Book tote.
How do these trends translate into our wardrobes? These are six major trends from the collection that will be dominant next season.
1. SHEER SKIRTS AND CYCLING SHORTS
Dior is a master at tulle and this season it has a little more edge. The new look, which was layered over lace cycling shorts and a sexier version of the classic slip, is sportier.
2. PANELLED CHECKS
While checks are always in fashion, Dior will be taking a panelled approach to outerwear next season. The look is bolder than its all-over counterpart, with neutral pockets, collars, and patches breaking up the pattern work.
3. PLEATED SKIRT
Pleated skirts have been rediscovered as a fashion trend, having been championed by everyone from Sandy Liang and Erdem to Sandy Pyo and COS for spring/summer 2022. Dior says that the autumn/winter look will be bolder and feature mismatched patterns as well as thigh-high splits.
4. BELTED QUILTING
The new trend in puffer jackets is the quilted jacket. However, it’s a smart idea to get a waist belt for winter. It adds shape to the silhouette and is perfect for days when you want to feel warm but still look polished.
5. CORSETRY DETAILS
Although corsets and bustiers will be big next season, they are often worn as eveningwear pieces. This Dior trench coat offers a different perspective. It changes the silhouette from being streamlined to one that is hourglass and can be used as a layering inspiration. You should also consider pairing it with other layers, such as sweaters or jackets.
6. STATEMENT OPERA GLOVES
Paris Fashion Week is adored for its commitment to a strong, sophisticated evening style. Maria Grazia Chiuri, Maria Grazia Chiuri, and her motocross inspiration injected this timeless look into the mix with a motorsport interpretation of the industry’s favourite glove.
Are you still feeling fashion-fever and want to see more trends? You don’t have to wait until autumn/winter in order to update your wardrobe. Take a look at the spring/summer roundup of all the fashion trends that will soon be in your wardrobe.