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What stood out at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week?

by Charlotte Smith

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week was certainly impressive! Together with QUIZ and QUIZMAN, retailers of men’s shirts, we’ve brought together the greatest trends from this influential fashion week to help you transform your summer wardrobe…

Shimmering metallics

Shimmering metallics were a big part of the week. It was Jean Paul Gaultier who propelled metallics to the forefront. 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.

So, how can you add metallics to your AW18 look? 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.

Perfect pastels

Don’t throw your pastel pieces to the back of the wardrobe just yet! AW18 is going to be ruled by 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.

The perfect thing about pastels is that they aren’t too bold and are therefore suitable 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.

Keeping it sheer

A lot of the designers throughout the week had a focus on sheer materials. These were presented via a magenta skirt, like Giorgio Armani; a full-body veil, like Galia Lahev; and as a floral frock, like Giambattista Valli.

When it comes to styling, sheer can be a tricky fabric to work with, whether you’re going for a sweeping going out 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 dresses 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.

Naomi Campbell wore a Dior Haute Couture

Adding ribbons

Ribbon ties are a great way to add femininity and style to your look. 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.

This autumn-winter, strive to bring 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 jewelry, shoes, and bags that feature a bow tie embellishment and make these stand out by keeping your outfit understated in style and neutral in color.

Feather accessories

The feather can certainly compete against the ribbon tie for the top accessory spot! 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 necessarily go with your daytime wear, but they’re 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.

Cover-up with capes

Adding capes to your AW18 wardrobe is a must-have! 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.

You can mix it up too, try styling satin or silk capes — 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.


Make sure you’re on-trend this season with these looks from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.


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