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Three Colour Trends from Paris Fashion Week SS23

By Jayne Mountford


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Image: Courtesy Akris, Chloe, Chanel SS23

Paris Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2023 ended Tuesday, October 4 and the editors, buyers and influencers who flocked to see in-person shows in the French capital got to see quite a few memorable moments. From Bella Hadid in Coperni’s futuristic spray on dress and Kanye West’s entrance at Balenciaga, to the choreographed dance tribute to Issey Miyake and Cher’s appearance at Balmain, the week was filled with special events. In color terms, many collections were immersed in a sea of black. However, three colors/color combinations stood out: perhaps driven by the current ‘Barbiecore’ trend, hot pink resonated. Seasonless dressing has elevated rust tones and many high-end ready-to-wear designers with a previous penchant for monotones, have developed a taste for an icy pale color palette.

Hot Pink

Image: Courtesy Undercover SS23

Jun Takahashi of Undercover showed several looks in hot pink. This included a cropped top under a knit cropped cardigan teamed with a silk wrap skirt in two tone hot pink.

Image: Courtesy Rick Owens SS23

At Rick Owens, look 6 included a hot pink stretch mesh mini dress with an asymmetric train under a cropped top with ‘wing’ like shoulders. And at Chloe, for look 31, Gabriela Hearst showed a hot pink one button blazer and matching pants with a black cropped top underneath.

Image: Courtesy Dawei SS23

At Dawei, look 8 consisted of two hot pink pieces in transparent chiffon.


Image: Courtesy Mame Kurogouci SS23

Mame Kurogouci used the traditional Japanese technique of basket-weaving in her collection. Look 12 included an intricately woven vest over a rust colored silk dress.

Image: Courtesy Saint Laurent SS23

Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent presented an effortlessly elegant collection. Look 17 consisted of a rust floor length broad shouldered coat shown over a caramel colored one piece bodysuit and broad leather belt. For Akris’s 100 birthday, Albert Kriemler put on a show at the Palais de Tokyo. For look 5 he presented a total look in tones of rust, including a suede bomber jacket, high waisted leather pants and tee shirt. Accessories included a satchel and strappy sandals.

Image: Courtesy Rokh SS23

In a nod to the earlier deliveries of the spring season, Rok Hwang of Rokh presented a show-stopping faux fur coat made up of rusty toned panels matched to grey.

Icy Pales

Image: Courtesy Shang Xia SS23

The creative director of Shang Xia, Yang Li showed a number of looks in a mix of pales. This included a split skirt in lemon and a lilac top with pale blue and green obi style belts.

Image: Courtesy Thom Browne SS23

From Thom Browne “An American prom mixed with Cinderella mixed with the Paris Opera.” Among many looks in combinations of pale colors: a layered look in pink, lilac, blue and green was topped off with a broad brimmed picture hat.

Image: Courtesy Leonard SS23
Georg Lux’s debut runway show for Leonard included an off-the-shoulder ‘peasant’ dress in a mix of pale blue and green with yellow and peach tones. At Chanel, a tweed jumpsuit in pale yellow over a lilac and pale blue cardigan was shown.

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