Paris Couture Week: What Hollywood Will Steal From Fashion's Front Rows

1:18 PM 7/10/2017

by Booth Moore

Stars and stylists stormed the Paris shows and marveled at the handcrafted gowns (averaging $100,000 each) and jewels (from $75,000). Here are the five trends the town's A-list will need to know for awards season.

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  • The Americans Ascend

    Three top U.S. fashion houses ditched September's New York Fashion Week for July's Paris Couture Week to make a bigger splash among the more intimate audiences. Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and Monique Lhuillier held their own against French createurs with archly romantic ready-to-wear collections, signaling a potentially heavier Hollywood red carpet presence for the coming months.

  • Cover Up Already!

    Pivoting from last season's nearly nude looks, top houses pushed maximum coverage, from Karl Lagerfeld's sculpted coatdresses and suits in heavy tweeds at Chanel; to Pierpaolo Piccioli's liturgical hooded capes and robes inlaid with feathers at Valentino; to Maria Grazia Chiuri's tailored coatdresses and culotte jumpsuits a la Amelia Earhart and Wonder Woman alter ego Diana Prince at Dior.

  • India Is the New China

    Here's a party talking point: Couture houses, which cater to the few hundred clients globally who buy in the six-figure range, are riding the new money boom in emerging markets such as India — which has overtaken China, according to top consulting firm AT Kearney's Global Retail Development Index. London-based Ralph & Russo cast Bollywood star and activist Sonam Kapoor (below; daughter of actor-producer Anil Kapoor) as its finale's bride. "Not only does she encapsulate our brand values perfectly, but she is very relevant in today's social climate," says chairman-CEO Michael Russo.

  • Tulle Is Still Cool for the Carpet

    Naomie Harris wore a candy-striped tulle Gucci gown at Cannes, Hailee Steinfeld was light as air in lavender netting at the Golden Globes, and Felicity Jones looked ballerina chic in Dior at the Oscars. And tulle continued its rule on Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab and Monique Lhuillier runways. But it was a Giambattista Valli pink confection that was the Instagram favorite, bringing renewed heat to the trend.

  • Bleached Blondes Have More Fun

    A peroxide wind is blowing through Hollywood, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the days of 1950s bombshells Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren. Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne showed up in the Chanel front row in matching platinum blond pixie cuts, joining house muse Kristen Stewart, who debuted her platinum buzz cut in March (for her role as an oil-rig engineer in Underwater). Meanwhile, Karlie Kloss showed off a new platinum 'do at Dior.