Paris Fashion Week: attendees give a lesson in dressing for the rain

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It seems the umbrella has a front row seat this season, as the fashion pack deliver a lesson in the art of dressing chic for the rain.

It’s proving difficult to navigate the great (alright, shoddy) British weather with a number of us falling into work sartorially-defeated every single morning - inside out brollies and rain-sodden mules in tow.

But the Paris Fashion Week street style set won’t let a little drizzle dampen their street style photographs. 

The biggest accessory of the season? The umbrella...

Cool girl brand-of-the-moment, Marine Serre, sent invitations to the industry’s buzziest names alongside a slick black umbrella.

It sure came in handy too, as the show got underway beneath the grey Parisian skyline on the outskirts of the capital with fashion’s power players balancing a brolly in one hand and their phone in the other.

Guests hide beneath umbrellas at the Marine Serre spring/summer 20 show

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Fast-forward to Wednesday evening and the front row still hadn’t found chance to dry off their Bottega mules with rain-filled clouds shadowing the city. 

Once again, the fashion pack were handed umbrellas at the Lanvin show while Gigi and Bella Hadid splashed through puddles in the French fashion house’s latest garbs.

Bella Hadid walks the runway at Lanvin spring/summer 20

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So how can we tackle our morning commute with Parisian flair?

Look no further for the top five ways to rain-proof your autumn/winter closet according to the Paris Fashion Week street style set.

1. Give in to tight season

A guest spotted outside the Lanvin spring/summer 20 show

It’s official: tight season is well and truly upon us. Marine Serre sent models down the runway in a fishnet take on the French cool girl label’s cult moon-emblazoned hosiery while Thierry Mugler offered up a lingerie-heavy line with barely-there pulls-ups garnering the Instagram likes.

An autumn/winter staple which will never go out of fashion, the garb has already translated onto the streets with Fashion Month show-goers bringing back last season’s coveted Gucci and Balenciaga logo-centric tights.

2. See how waterproof leather-on-leather really is

Leather-on-leather continues to pound the pavements at Paris Fashion Week

From that Arket button-up shirt to the growing number of blazers in the cult fabric taking a front row seat this season, the fash pack are suckers for leather right now. 

We’ll be making like the street style set this autumn and trading in our go-to trench for all things shiny (and hopefully, waterproof).

3. Bring back the bucket hat 

Bucket hats are back for another round this season

4. Throw on a trench 

Paris Fashion Week show-goers made sure to remember their trusty trench coats

Yes, the leather blazer may be about to overtake the trench coat in the Fashion Month street style stakes but the failsafe throw-on will never lose its icon status - picture-perfect chucked over everything from your go-to slip dress of the summer to a simple jeans-and-t-shirt combo.  

5. Defeat the puddles in stompy boots 

The Paris Fashion Week street style set just inspired our next shoe purchase

From lace-ups to over-the-knee retro numbers, a plethora of boots have pounded the Parisian pavements so far - inspiring our autumn/winter shopping list in the process. Stick to your last season Grensons while temperatures stay in double figures and trade them in for 60s style booties when the cold snap kicks in. It’s only a matter of time… 

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