Paris Fashion Week Runway Trend: Dark '40s Glamour

Paris Fashion Week Runway Trend: Dark '40s Glamour(Source: ImaxTree; Dries Van Noten, Guy Laroche, Rochas)Not since the film noir era have we seen as many gorgeous Betties in mid-calf skirts and box coats. The opening days of Paris Fashion Week included numerous shows replete with dark wool suiting, wide leg trousers, and nary a kneecap in sight.

Paris Fashion Week Runway Trend: Dark '40s Glamour
(Source: ImaxTree)Dries Van Noten reinterpreted '40s glamour with exuberance, mixing Art Deco-like prints with wool trousers, T-strap heels, and flourishes such as fur and 3-D flower appliqués. The look remained firmly modern, but tipped its hat to the dark romance of 1940s fashion, which was an epoch of suits, cinched waists, and strong tailoring.

Paris Fashion Week Runway Trend: Dark '40s Glamour(Source: ImaxTree)Guy Laroche designer Marcel Marongiu opened his Fall/Winter 2014 collection with gorgeous overcoats in what looked like olive green mohair, perfect to wear on a caper or while stealing a kiss under moonlight. He worked ruffled skirts and leather in unexpected ways, and paired each of his looks with simple ankle boots. It was an understated collection—the lines were clean and the palette of saffron yellow, olive, black and teal could hardly offend. In fact, you could picture it quietly working on the set of some yet-unnamed Tilda Swinton film.

Paris Fashion Week Runway Trend: Dark '40s Glamour(Source: ImaxTree)Rochas’s oversized overcoats were everything an outwear lover or femme fatale with secrets to hide in her pockets could hope for. Leather gloves, touches of dusty pink and beautiful knits rounded out the collection, which was decidedly feminine, incredibly pulled together, and effortlessly chic.
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