7 Things You Need for Fall, as Seen on the Paris Runways

1:17 PM 3/8/2017

by Booth Moore

Slouchy boots and berets, anyone?

Christian Dior show - Paris Fashion Week -H 2017
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  • White Shoes

    Not just for summer and Florida retirees anymore, designers want you to wear them into fall and winter 2017. White booties were a strong counterpoint to a black pantsuit at Celine, while at Vanessa Seward, white peep toe ankle strap pumps worn with sheer black stockings worked with the collection's '70s sex kitten vibe. Several street style stars are already wearing white patent leather go-go boots, too, and French brand Carel (sold at Opening Ceremony) does a great pair.

  • Slouchy Boots

    Now that we’ve all gotten used to wearing booties, there’s a new boot in town — the knee-length or over-the-knee slouchy boot, as seen with nearly every look at Saint Laurent. (Rihanna has already worn the crystal version.) Slouchy boots turned up at Isabel Marant, Vanessa Seward and elsewhere, too.

  • Berets

    Headgear is having a moment, as seen at Dior, where every single look was accessorized with a revolutionary-style black leather beret, the fall season's sequel to designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s much-buzzed about "We Should All Be Feminists" T-shirts for spring. No doubt the Dior versions will be pricey, but you can always try an inexpensive felt version, too.

  • Feminine Tailoring

    Perhaps it's an after-effect of 2016's pantsuit politics, but for fall 2017, designers showed all kinds of riffs on traditional menswear tailoring, only bent to women's bodies. Stella McCartney cut British tweed and houndstooth check into drapey coats, saucy mini dresses with pointed bra cups, and suit jackets with decorative multi-lapels. At Celine and Isabel Marant, the power pantsuit got a relaxed, modern makeover. Blazers and tuxedo jackets were draped like blankets around the body, nipped at the waist with cascading side panels, and worn over wide-legged trousers and sneakers at Alexander McQueen. And at Mugler, David Koma brought back the house's iconic razor-sharp shoulders from the 1980s, and layered powerful tuxedo jackets over corset tops for a super-sexy look. So if you haven’t already gotten your blazer out from the back of the closet, or invested in a new one, there’s never been a better time.

  • Midi Skirts

    Although skirt lengths were up and down on the runways (and minis certainly took center stage at Chanel, Chloe and Saint Laurent), the freshest look was the midi, in black with biker hardware details at McQueen, in dip dyed blue shredded tulle at Dior, and with punk zipper flourishes at Sacai.

  • Denim

    No doubt you already have denim in your closet, but do you have haute denim? French designers are hoping you'll want it. Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri showed denim boiler suits and work jackets (that's right, what the plumber wears was on the Dior catwalk), while Louis Vuitton's Nicolas Ghesquiere offered a light denim shearling jacket and mini skirt, and Dries Van Noten showed patchwork jeans with oversized blazers or mixed print coats.

  • Puffers and Shearlings

    Rihanna's Fenty line has both cropped and oversized versions of the street's favorite cover-up, which also turned up at Sacai. But shearlings are the fall season's top toppers, heating up the runways at Isabel Marant, Chloe, Balmain and McQueen. Or you could always just go with Saint Laurent's one-off shearling sleeves, for the women who doesn't want to commit to a whole coat.