Arguably the authority on the world fashion trends, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week gave us some real insight into upcoming fashion trends to look forward to this autumn-winter season. From next season’s stand-out colours to which dress styles are going to reign supreme, we’ve brought together the best trends to help you transform your wardrobe.
Jean Paul Gaultier propelled metallics to the forefront at July’s Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Golden capes and shimmering jumpsuits strutted down the catwalk, catching and captivating the eye of the audience, while Givenchy’s stunning silver sequin gown made it clear that metallic was going to rule women’s fashion next season.
If you want the same mesmerising effect at your next special night out, make metallic dresswear your first port of call.
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A beautiful addition to remind others of that strong sense of femininity and style is a ribbon tie. Many were seen flaunting the design, especially the stunning black and cream, sheer gown by Giorgio Armani which showcased several bow ties.
In this fashion season, there should be no shame in bringing ribbon ties into your daily looks, whether with jewellery, bags or snatching your waist on high-rise trousers. Remember to keep your colours quite neutral if experimenting with a large bow tie embellishment so your statement is daring but not overstated.
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AW18 is going to be ruled by pastel hues, the best example of how gorgeous these shades can look came from Giorgio Armani’s floor-length, pink and purple princess dress and Chanel’s amazingly elegant, mint-green skirt suit. Experiment with the subtle shades throughout your wardrobe.
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Designers showed keen interest in sheer materials, as evidenced by Galia Lahev’s full-body veil or the floral frock by Giambattista Valli. You want to be weary of how much skin you are showing through wearing sheer material, but if worked with correctly, it can be seen as a classy styling choice. You can play it safe through layering a sheer jacket with a top or dress, but you shouldn’t shy away from a sheer blouse if you have a thin-strap vest to wear underneath. Sheer kimonos and jackets are the perfect solution, allowing you to easily layer your outfit. Alternatively, sheer skirts with a ruched styling makes the perfect combination
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Many models were seen strutting down the runway with feather additions fluttering around their firm composures. Giorgio Armani’s floor-length coat was drenched in this spectacular feather detailing.
Although your regular daytime outfit might not have space for plumes of feathers, this is still a fashion must-have for special occasions. Take inspiration from Fendi Couture’s peach gown and opt for a dress with slight, but effective, feathered detailing on the capped sleeves. Feathered bags are another option if you want to incorporate the trend but keep it subtle, while going for a maxi skirt with simple feather detailing across the hemline looks flawless with a block-colour, Bardot top.
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For the AW18 season, make sure you invest in capes — the louder and more over-stated, the better. The best cape designs at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week came from the inimitable Valentino, who sent models down the runway bathed in gorgeously flowing capes in a range of shades.
Kit your wardrobe out in a selection of satin or silk capes — this material helps the cape move elegantly around your frame — and use them to brighten up a monochrome outfit. As a staple piece, we recommend investing in a plain black or grey cape that you can throw on for casual shopping trips, too.
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