Style Guide

7-Plus Fall Trends to Follow from the Haute Couture Runways

Even if Chanel, Valentino and Maison Margiela aren't in your budget, these are the trends you'll want to invest in.

By Julia Davila August 1, 2016

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Dolce & Gabbana's fall advertising campaign, shot on the streets of Naples.

We'll always have Paris, but this summer fashion houses broke the mold during the City of Light's Haute Couture Fall 2016 shows. Fendi flew guests to Rome, where models walked on a see-through runway atop the Trevi Fountain in celebration of the Italian house's’ 90th birthday. If that wasn't exciting enough, Haute Couture week ended with a stunning fireworks show after three days of Dolce & Gabbana models interacting with real characters on the streets of gritty, colorful Naples. Even if Chanel, Valentino and Maison Margiela aren't in your budget, these are the biggest trends you'll want to invest in this fall from Haute Couture week.

1. Sheer

The transparent trend is still going strong; it’s sexy and oozes confidence as seen on the Givenchy and Valentino runways.

2. Feathers

Valentino’s Shakespearean-themed show featured a feather maxi skirt while Karl Lagerfeld’s couture bride fluttered down the catwalk in a pastel pink feather cape and feathery accents meshed well with Elie Saab’s New York-themed show.


Uplifting nature's presence in the city. A sense of freedom and invitation to dream #ImpressionsofNY

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3. Velvet

Regal and luxurious, Pierre Cardin, Elie Saab, Schiaparelli and Giambattista Valli incorporated this historic fabric of aristocracy in their couture shows.

4. Floral

Chanel and Elie Saab took florals to another level with three-dimensional petals while Zuhair Murad and Rami Kadi incorporated bold flower prints.


#ChanelHauteCouture #ChanelAteliers #PFW

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5. Voluminous Sleeves

Giambattista Valli, Chanel and Giles Deacon integrated architectural sleeves onto their runways.


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6. Going for Gold

Dior, Valentino, J Mendel and Alberta Ferretti incorporated shimmering golden hues into everything from gowns to embroidered jackets and structured tops.

7. Denim

Denim at couture?! Our thoughts exactly, but both Dolce & Gabbana and Viktor & Rolf embellished jeans and included materials from past collections to create stylish pieces.


Vagabonds, Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2016 <3 VR #ViktorandRolfCouture 📷 by @marijkeaerden

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7. Bows

Elaborate bows of all shapes and sizes stole the show at Alexandre Vauthier, Atelier Versace, Maison Margiela and Armani Privé.

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