I had mixed emotions preparing for my first trip back to the City of Lights last week â€” what would my experience be like as a tourist, not as a resident? However, I quickly came to understand what everyone has always told me: Paris never changes. And surprisingly, this includes this season’s fashion. I was shocked to not notice anything novel, there was no great new trend I could take back to Chicago as my souvenir.
Top Trends Spring 2009
Mixing Black and Neon: I can’t tell you how much of this I saw in Paris (and, of course, I absolutely loved it!). The bright, bold color obsession is still hot in Paris (and won’t be leaving my closet any time soon!). Most girls were sticking to a monochromatic black ensemble and accessorizing with statement pieces in neon colors.
Layers: Even in the heat of the summer â€” it reached 90 degrees during my stay â€” the French are still layering tanks, tops, and sweaters. There were a lot of summer leather jackets out there, ranging from black motorcycle styles to pretty suede trenches.
Studded Embellishments: A classic but violent adornment, gold, silver and brass studs were on everything from vests and purses to dresses and belts. These pieces were really able to transform a look from boring to fabulous.
And if you will be in Paris this summer, don’t forget that the soldes d’Ã©tÃ© (summer sales) will take place June 24 through July 28. Sales only happen biannually in Paris, in winter and in summer, so this is a great opportunity to save some cash on your favorite finds!
1. Paule Ka: 192, Boulevard St. Germain, 75006
2. Gerard Darel: 174, Boulevard St. Germain, 75006
3. Zadig & Voltaire: 1, rue du Vieux Colombier, 75006
4. Zapa: 55, rue Bonaparte, 75006
5. Lancel: 43, rue de Rennes, 75006
6. Eyeswear: 98, rue St. Sulpice, 75006
7. mannequin on a Vespa
Photos: Gabbie Perez