Real-Life Takeaways from the Fall 2017 Couture Shows

By |2017-08-03T14:00:34+00:00August 2nd, 2017|The Fashion Edit|

5 fashion and beauty trends you’ll actually want to try, no matter your shopping budget. 

Nars Rodarte Fashion Show SS18 haute couture models backstage
Beauty look from Rodarte. Image courtesy of Nars. 

Most of us love seeing the beautiful, dramatic photos from the couture shows in Paris come up on our social media feeds bi-annually, in January and July. Who doesn’t want to look at pretty snaps of elaborate ball gowns and over-the-top beauty looks created by some of the most talented creatives in fashion?

But, it can be hard to know what to make of all this information…it’s not like any of us will be placing personal orders or making a note to buy something from these collections at Holts in a few months. It’s good to remember that the directional design, beauty and styling ideas from the couture shows will — as Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly famously explained in The Devil Wears Prada — trickle down to ready-to-wear and fast fashion in some permutation. So why not get a head start on next season’s trends now? Here are our top 5 takeaways from the fall couture shows that you can use right now.

Full Skirts at Dior 

Even if you would never wear a skirt suit, keep this chic look by designer Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior in mind when you’re shopping for your fall work wardrobe: longer hemlines, fuller skirts and grey wool fabrics are the buzzwords of the season.

Dior Couture 2017 Runway Instagram Image
Image via @Dior.

Purely Pink at Giambattista Valli

Millennial pink might be peaking, but its appearance on numerous couture runways, including at Giambattista Valli, shows that — for eveningwear, at least — the colour can still be an impactful and glamourous choice when worn head to toe.

Giambattista Valli Couture Runway Instagram
Giambattista Valli. Image via @suzymenkesvogue.

Wavy Hair at Fendi

If the hair look at Fendi offers any hints, we should all be unpacking our  ’80s-era crimping irons immediately (or at least putting our hair in mini-braids and sleeping with them overnight).

Fendi Sam McKnight Couture 2017 Hair and Makeup
Fendi. Image via @sammcknight1

Avant-Garde Beauty at Iris van Herpen

A bold beauty look is hardly surprising from fashion pioneer Iris Van Herpen. Why not make micro-bangs and exaggerated under-eye lashes your next standout party look?

Iris Van Herpen Fall 2017 Couture Runway Instagram
Image via @irisvanherpen.

Flower Power at Rodarte

Technically, the Rodarte show in Paris was ready-to-wear Spring 2018, but if all the bloom-tastic Instagram posts are any indication, baby’s breath is back as the flower of the moment. Especially relevant if you’re getting married soon, but we can see this trend impacting flower arrangements for seasons to come.

Rodarte Fall Couture 2017 Runway Instagram
Rodarte. Image via @rebeccarams.