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STYLE AND CULTURE

THE NEW SHAPES OF PARIS FASHION WEEK

October 9, 2018

Fashion month: it's a wrap. And the final stop, Paris, served up fall wardrobe inspiration in spades, thanks both to the chillier temperatures and a noticeable step change towards a more wearable, functional way of dressing. The big news in Paris was, of course, Hedi Slimane's controversial debut Celine collection and its stark departure from the brand's signature loose-fitting silhouettes in favor of thigh-skimming party dresses and bodycon cuts. The outrage amongst the devotees of former Celine designer Phoebe Philo was mighty and the street-style set pledged their allegiance via XXL blazers, functional boxy bags and supersized puffer jackets. To wrap up our fashion month coverage, here's our round-up of the new key shapes of the season, as seen on the streets and runways of Paris. 

Street styler at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

Street styler in a padded jacket at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

The new puffer

Puffer jackets have been a major feature ever since Demna Gvasalia put them on the runway at Balenciaga a few seasons ago. But this season they got a grown-up update on the streets, appearing in oversized bomber-jacket styles and in bright hues and luxe fabrics like velvet and cord. How to wear them? Pair with chunky dad sneakers for a casual look, or team a cord version with a contrasting pair of corduroy flares and a baker boy hat to nail that '70s look. 
Street styler in oversized tailoring at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

Street styler in a blazer at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

The XXL blazer

When it came to tailoring, supersized was the order of the day, with big shoulder pads, long lengths and oversized silhouettes. Follow this street-styler's lead and try your XXL blazer on its own as a dress, adding an over-the-knee sock boot and a camel turtleneck underneath when you need some warmer layers. Or for a more casual take, throw it on with a half-zip sweater, straight-leg jeans and sneakers. 

Street styler with box bag at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

Street styler with bag at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

The box bag

The Paris streets were awash with boxy little lunchbox-style bags like the ones you used to keep your sandwiches in in elementary school. The best thing about a small bag? It forces you to keep your everyday essentials to a minimum. Choose a fun color to brighten up a black midi skirt, or opt for something neutral to keep your look tonal.
Gucci model at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

Gucci runway model at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

The mega frill

Paris is known for its pared-back elegance compared to the flamboyant style of Milan. But not this season, for Gucci decamped from the Italian capital to show in Paris for the very first time, bringing its unique brand of flamenco flounce that's perfect for party season. Gucci did, however, tone down its metallics and vivacious colors, instead showing its frills in a classic cream hue. Take their lead and wear your frills on your sleeves or as a ruffle detail on a shirt, worn with faded jeans for daytime and a mini skirt and chunky boots for night. 
Bob haircut at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

Twins with bob haircuts at Paris Fashion Week | ASOS Style Feed

Pictures: Getty

The bob

Who says fashion week trends have to just be about clothes? This season's hair is all about the bob, and what better way to mark the start of fall than with a fresh new chop? Rather than the shaggy bob Parisiennes are renowned for, this new take is heavy on the fringe and slightly '70s in look. Try it gently curled around the face (perfect with the aforementioned baker boy cap and corduroy bomber). We're booking our appointment now.

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