Paris Haute Couture Week didn’t disappoint. Audiences around the world were left captivated by the amazing array of upcoming fashion trends to look forward to in the autumn-winter season.

Read on as we explore next season’s trends and what inspiration we took from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week…

Must-have metallics

Metallics were a big feature of the week, propelled by Jean Paul Gaultier. 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.

Create a mesmerising effect at your next big event with metallic dresswear. 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.

Top pastel picks

Mauve Strap Wrap Front Maxi Dress

It appears pastel is no longer reserved for summer; this colour palette is going to be big this season! 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.

Pastel colours are subtle, and therefore ideal for all 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, going out dress in vanilla or daffodil white for a softened version of a powerful dress style.

The sheer trend

Many designers at Paris Haute Couture Fashion 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.

It can be hard to work with sheer fabric. 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.

Accessorising with ribbons

wrap dress

A classic ribbon tie creates a feminine and stylish 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.

In the upcoming season, 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 dresses. 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.

Feather embellishments

Another embellishment that’s on-trend is the feather. 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.

Of course, your daytime wardrobe might not pair well with feathers, but this is a still 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.

Capes and cover-ups

Capes are big this autumn-winter. 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.

Having satin or silk capes in your wardrobe this season is a must-have! These materials help 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 ahead of the AW18 trends with these looks from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

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