Legs well and truly took the spotlight on the catwalk, exposing a more grown-up, chic way to don the traditional trouser. It seems the key was to give the leg a lengthening effect. Showcasing some rather gorgeous and expensive fabrics. Chloe showcased a real tailloring theme across the show and more improtantly on the trouser leg - sticking to a neutral, muted and nude palette, there was no real colour there apart from the classy camel and tan, however they teamed already classic colours with even more of a selection of fabric choices such as leather, wool and suede. Trousers were teamed together with silk pussybow shirts all delicately tucked in with a thin strip belt. This was all very sophisticated and more adult than what we had previously seen.
Yves Saint Laurent showcased an equally tailored theme, but with a more gothic edge. Displaying not much else other than black, the trousers were pleated, tailored and looked the business. There seemed to be a running theme throughout the catwalk - making the women look hard, buisness like and give an air of 'women in power' I'm not 100% sure whether I like this style or not - for sure I love a good tailored trouser, and lets face it, noone can go wrong with plain black, but inspired I think not. Teaming with the very 'now' cape on the top half, mostly the looks were very corporate themed with only a splash of gold jelwery to break it up.
Marc Jacobs used a similar theme to his show - however using a slightly lighter colour palette. This collection was hailed as cleansing and refined, however if I'm being brutally honest, I cant help but feeling a little disappointed at this effort - to me it was like we had seen some of this before. Using netural, grey and tweed fabric,the trousers were baggy, wide legged, and fitted on the hip. To me, it looked a little samey, too understated and no fuss (not necessary in a good way either) die hard fans of Marc Jacobs will probably beg to differ, however compared to Balmain, I certainly think Jacobs best pull his socks up.
For the 9-5 work day take inspiration from both Laurent and Jacobs - these are classic ways to wear the trouser, and almost easy. Teaming with a silk shirt and statement necklace is simple to put together but eye catching all at the same time. However, if like me, you enjoyed the 'craziness' of the peg leg and harems of the summer season, there is still something in the new trend for you:
On to my favourite display of trouser - Balmain. Someone obviously never told Christophe Decarnin that less was more this season because at Balmain, the party was just starting! Gone were the super tailored look we'd seen elsewhere, this was promptly replaced by some uber tight, texture central fitted trousers! I just loved the OTT look of the collection. Talk about rock n roll, this was a pure 'I don't care if I look trashy or not' kinda look:for girls that don't care!
The prominent trouser look here was, Skin tight leather, bell-bottom flares, skinny black jeans - all in ludicrous fabrics. These were all teamed with shredded tops, exaggerated shoulders all in the most bolshy gold brocade and sequins - OTT I kid you not!
I'm super excited to see the new style of trousers come out, and not so sad to see the clown type ones disappear, but what's most important is that we wear what suits us and excites us the most!
Until next time...