2015 fashion trends
THE Paris fashion shows wrapped up on Wednesday with five key trends set to emerge from the catwalks to the high street for spring/summer 2015:
Sheer looks were everywhere, from Rick Owens and Valentino to Corrie Nielsen and Vionnet.
American designer Owens, whose collection featured a lot of transparent looks, explained that his objective was always "bareness with modesty" when using sheer fabrics.
"I try not to have too much transparency over the bust. I don't like flashing a lot - but I love skin," he said.
At Chanel, they came in the brand's trademark tweedy fabric. At Chloe it was denim, while Balmain plumped for mousseline and leather.
Wide-legged and flared trousers, cropped or in some cases virtually trailing along the floor, look set to make a comeback next season.
Paris fashion may not have succumbed to the mass-market retail trend for very ordinary-looking clothing or "Normcore". But many looks on the catwalks did feature a practical feel.
From a hoodie poncho at Chloe to a navy ensemble that looked a touch like hospital scrubs at Celine, there were plenty of very simple pieces that left some critics yearning for more fireworks.
Fashion consultant Jean-Jacques Picart said that fashion seemed to have strayed into "a certain banality". But he said the risk was no greater than a few years ago, when fashion went too far in the other direction in a "frenzy of excess". The balance was likely to be readjusted next season, he said.
Always a good colour for summer, Emanuel Ungaro designer Fausto Puglisi's glamorous one-shouldered yellow gown and blue and yellow prints were among a string of upbeat yellow looks on the catwalks.
Bold dashes of yellow also brightened JC de Castelbajac's abstract patterns and Carven's motor racing-inspired looks.
Meanwhile, Caroline Herrera used sherbet for outfits including a two-piece suit and a long floaty strapless dress. Phillip Lim chose shocking yellow for trousers and tops.
It was impossible not to have 1970s flashbacks from one Elie Saab white jumpsuit and some long, floaty dresses with plunging necklines. Valentino's long-sleeved print dresses exuded the same 1970s feel.
Elsewhere, Corrie Nielsen went for a string of Mad Men style looks and Giambattista Valli also featured 1960s influenced silhouettes. On feet, knee-high laced gladiator sandals completed the retro look.