Paris Haute Couture Fashion certainly impressed the audience. People around the world were left captivated by the amazing array of upcoming fashion trends to look forward to in the autumn-winter season.
So what are the hues that you should be rocking this season? And, which garments are on trend? We’ve brought together the greatest trends from this influential fashion week to help you transform your wardrobe…
Pastel colour palettes
There’s no need to get rid of your pastel maxi dresses just yet, AW18 embraces this colour palette! 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.
Pastels are nice and subtle, making them perfect for a range of events. If the dress code is casual, opt for a lilac, off-the-shoulder top with skinny jeans. When the occasion turns formal, try a ruched, bandeau dress in vanilla or daffodil white for a softened version of a powerful dress style.
Shimmer in metallics
Glitter and metallics were a big part of the show in July’s Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week! Jean Paul Gaultier propelled them to the forefront of the show. 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 to pull off the metallic look? Make metallic dress-wear your first port of call. Create a cool contrast by opting for a bronze, metallic cami top with tapered trousers or go all out with a long-sleeve, asymmetric bodycon dress embellished with large, gold sequins and beads.
Be daring with sheer
A lot of the designers were showing off sheer pieces throughout Paris Fashion week — whether these were presented via a magenta skirt, like Giorgio Armani; a full-body veil, like Galia Lahev; or as a floral frock, like Giambattista Valli. Sheer can be a tricky fabric to work with, whether you’re going for a sweeping dress or a simple top.
To get it right, consider how you’re going to incorporate the fine material into your outfit without showing too much skin. 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, and of course, you can always go for a boxy, oversized, sheer blouse on top of a simple, thin-strap vest to achieve an on-trend look that goes with everything from pencil skirts to culottes.
Rocking the ribbon tie
A feminine and fun accessory is the ribbon tie! At Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, many outfits paid homage to the design — especially Giorgio Armani’s striking, black and cream, sheer gown, which featured multiple bow ties on the skirt and bodice.
As the cooler seasons draw in, add the ribbon tie into your everyday look — whether this is simply the way you tie your cape around your neck or how you cinch in the waistline of your dress. If you prefer, you can always go for jewellery, shoes and bags that feature a bow tie embellishment and make these stand out by keeping your outfit understated in style and neutral in colour.
For the feathers
As well as ribbon ties, feathers are another on-trend embellishment. At this Parisian fashion show, models glided down the catwalk wearing outfits bathed in feathered additions that added a beautiful texture and outline. Schiaperelli enhanced its skirt-and-top ensemble with thin strips of orange-and-yellow-hued feathers down the lower half of the outfit, while Giorgio Armani made feathers the focus with a faultless, pink and black, floor-length coat covered in voluminous feather detailing.
Feathers might not match with your casual wear, but they still should be incorporated into your look. 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.
Keep warm in capes and cover-ups
The wardrobe staples of the season are capes and cover-ups! 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.
Opt for satin or silk. This material helps the cape move elegantly around your frame — and use them to brighten up a monochrome outfit. This could include a white jumpsuit for a night out or a formal black trousers/white shirt look for important days at work. As a staple piece, we recommend investing in a plain black or grey cape that you can throw on for casual shopping trips, too.
Get ready for the upcoming season with these ahead-of-the-trend looks from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.