There's much that we've come to expect from the street style set during any given Haute Couture Fashion Week, but the Spring 2017 crowd has surprised us to no end. Why? Well, just look at how remarkably casual they are. Granted, this isn't a shocking sight on the regular pavements of the ready-to-wear shows (or any regular pavement for that matter), but during this high-octane period of fabulousness in Paris, it's not uncommon to see Russian princesses parading in ball gowns and Instagram stars braving the cold to wear nothing but the latest creations, however skimpy they may be.
Parka coats replacing opera coats? Slogan tees instead of perfectly pressed blouses? Baseball caps instead of fine jewellery? Baseball caps from Patagonia? What's going on here is that 2017's true fashion mood is seizing control, and we're fairly certain it can be pinpointed to one brand: Vetements.
It's plain to see that girls are craving the kind of streetwear and casualwear this label has become so famous for, and the cold weather is a great excuse to go full pelt for the look. Being relaxed is today's real key to cool, and while it's an age-old trick, it's not one that is so creatively applied to the glamorous couture schedule. We think that gives us some leeway to let our closets chill out a little, don't you?
In order to see what we mean—and to scoop up some style inspiration for the weekend—scroll through the gallery below.
Style Notes: We'd never thought of wearing tailoring with a parka coat before, but there's something about the business-meets-park vibe to get on board with here. As an added bonus: Check out the Parisian designer who created the suit that is taking over the streets right now.
Style Notes: We would have never predicted Miroslava Duma would be so attached to a baseball cap from Patagonia, but here we are. This is "dad" dressing at its best: An oversize blazer, straight jeans and a snapback have been made more feminine with high-heeled ankle boots and a posh bag.
Style Notes: We've warned you about the vinyl trouser craze becoming a standard sighting this year. Props to Barbara Martelo for dressing the look down with black ankle boots and a giant corduroy-and-fur jacket.
Style Notes: The Dior feminist tee is fast overtaking Gucci's logo jersey as the number one crew neck to own now. All of the show's models came away wearing one, but it was this aviator jacket, black jeans, bovver boots and geek glasses getup that really piqued our interest.
Style Notes: Veronika Heilbrunner knows precisely how to up the ante when wearing a simple jeans-and-tee combination: A wildly shaggy coat is all that's needed. Also, that mini Gucci bag will generate a few guaranteed coos.
Style Notes: It's that Mango coat! Sara of Collage Vintage peps up a cosy knit and black jeans with her checked outerwear, pie-crust ruffle collar, buckled boots and beret, and she proves that winter dressing starts with well-chosen accessories.