9 Extra-Cool Trends That Are Already Happening in Paris

As pared-back as their archetypal style might seem, the French are no strangers to surrealism. In fact, the artistic movement began in Paris back in 1917, and it has been woven into the fashion fabric of the city that couture calls home ever since. First came the provocative creations of Elsa Schiaparelli from the early 21st century. She embellished gowns with giant lobster illustrations and crafted hats that looked like upturned shoes. Her influence can be keenly felt today, most directly through the incredible work that Schiaparelli's new(ish) creative director, Daniel Roseberry, is doing, reinterpreting the brand's archive and moving forward with truly avant-garde ideas in what has become an otherwise fairly commercial world. Celebrities are hooked, and the fashion crowd has been too. So could it be the reason this Paris Fashion Week has seemed a little quirkier than usual? Have we all gotten the green light to start easing out of a very beige era and head into a more exuberant and experimental time?

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: Schiaparelli

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Surreal and topsy-turvy ideas were plentiful from brands you'd expect (Jonathan Anderson at Loewe) and those you really wouldn't (Isabel Marant). You have the subtle: for example, proportions being blown out, such as the supersized white collars at Jil Sander or the giant blazers at ACNE Studios. But you also have the downright collectable: Sculptural jewellery that would be just as happy sitting on a gallery plinth or artfully reworked biker jackets turned into mini leather skirts. There was an old-school mood for glamour and sass, like chubby floor-length coats and giant leopard prints, but a new-gen way to wear them. Think of Rihanna's pregnancy wardrobe, and you're on track. Keep scrolling for the nine Paris Fashion Week A/W 22 trends I'm already totally sold on.

1. STACKED BANGLES

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: bangles at Loewe

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Everything about this show pushed the boundaries. From how the garments were made (some were incredibly 3D printed) through to the accessories. The faux-balloon shapes used across shoes and clothing were also reflected in these globule bangles.

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: bangles at Saint Laurent

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The Saint Laurent model finished off almost every outfit with a giant stack of bangles on each arm. Not WFH-friendly, but very fabulous.

2. PURPLE

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: purple at Stella McCartney

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Stella has been pushing purple for the past couple of seasons, and it seems everyone else is finally catching on. This is a riot.

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: purple at AMI

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If head-to-toe purple seems like too much, try a knit.

3. GIANT JACKETS

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: blazers at Acne Studios

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Blazers are now so big they're basically dresses.

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: blazers at Louis Vuitton

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Nicolas Ghesquière layered big blazers upon big blazers for a signature silhouette.

4. FLASHY LEOPARD

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: leopard at Giambattista Valli

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I love how warped and expensive-looking this leopard print is.

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: Dries Van Noten leopard print

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With a surreal necklace to boot? This look ticks lots of new trend boxes.

5. HOLLYWOOD STAR COATS

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: Balmain's furry coat

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This long coat has international A-lister written all over it.

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: Saint Laurent's furry coat

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Saint Laurent's were oversized and worn with ultra-fine tights and strappy sandals—Hailey Bieber took this coat straight from the runway and into the night for an evening in Paris.

6. PATCHWORK

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: Chloé patchwork

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Gabriela Hearst continues to celebrate craftsmanship over at Chloé, and patchworking is a beautiful technique. 

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: Arthur Arbesser patchwork pieces

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It can be surreal, too, as proven by this look.

7. SLIM TOP, BAGGY JEANS

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: Givenchy's baggy jeans

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Givenchy's pearl-encrusted jeans are going to be popular. As will the combo of low-slung denim with a formfitting top.

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: Isabel Marant baggy jeans and crystal top

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Marant took a similar turn with a crystal mesh top and black jeans.

8. BIKER VIBES

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: leather biker skirt at Coperni

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Coperni's biker looks combined leathers with shirting, and it just worked.

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: moto jacket at Dior

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Moto jackets were flipped on their heads at Dior, worn with full swishy skirts and lace tops.

9. STATEMENT COLLARS

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: white collar at Jil Sander

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Gigantic collars for the win!

Paris Fashion Week trends autumn 2022: lace collar at Paco Rabanne

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They even work in daintier forms, like on this whimsical dress.

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