Always the last of the four fashion weeks, Paris has the difficult task of keeping things fresh and interesting. I can confirm it did not disappoint, and I am not just talking about the fashion here. Chanel’s ginormous waterfall set was a replica of The Verdon Gorge and apparently took two months to make. Too much? Of course not, if Karl Lagerfeld is involved. And Saint Laurent’s catwalk took place at the foot of the Eiffel Tower no less. I personally think that this Paris Fashion Week, designers outdid themselves. Trends were bold, fun and eye-catching and I am excited to see them make their way into high-street shops in the coming months. Here are a few examples of what you can expect!

Get ready to get your sparkle on because this PFW was all about glitter, shimmer and sparkle. For those of you who just cannot bear to wear anything but black, turn to Balmain for inspiration. Most garments were black or white but still had a lot of glimmer and glamour here and there, whether this was through beading, a sophisticated shimmery black sequin or a glittery black tassel. Elie Saab’s collection was glitter galore. In contrast to Balmain, Saab shows that sparkle can be paired with bright colours such as green, electric blue, yellow and red, but still remain stylish and not over the top. Valentino’s delightful new collection (a personal highlight) mixes sparkles and sequins with soft pinks, pretty pastels and shimmery blues. If you have a more feminine, ethereal style then be sure to check Valentino out. For this trend, don’t limit yourself to clothing – for example, Dries Van Noten used sparkly rhinestones and crystals along hair partings and to frame eyes.

The flared sleeves, ruffles and frills in your wardrobe can all breathe a sigh of relief: this trend is most definitely here to stay. Alexander McQueen demonstrates that frills do not have to be ‘cutesy’ – often brightly coloured ruffles and frills were offset by chunky biker boots, heavy jewellery and slicked back hair for a cool, confident look. Stella McCartney keeps flares, frills and puffed sleeves controlled and smart. Often she used block colours or muted tones to play down the garment. She showed us that a frill is not only about making a statement, but can be interwoven easily into your everyday wardrobe. For other inspiring takes on how to wear the trend, see Céline, Valentino and Saint Laurent.

A second trend that will live to see another day: red and pink (or so-called ‘millennial pink’). Stella McCartney rocked red and Alexander McQueen added more than just a pop of pink. Don’t hold back.

Louis Vuitton’s show was a feast for the eyes. Think heavy embroidery and embellishment and plenty of golds, dark greens, purples, reds and silvers. Indulge yourself in the coming months: the richer and more regal-looking the better. A clear ‘it’ piece in Vuitton’s show was brocade or embroidered jackets (à la 18th century French aristocracy) so if you want to make a statement, you know what to do. Expect to see a lot of chunky, clunky trainers, too (hello geriatric vibes).

Perfect for rainy England, Chanel’s collection was defined by transparent, waterproof items (you see, there was a reason for the waterfall…sort of). And there is no excuse not to get involved as there were transparent coats, bags, gloves, hats and even boots, dubbed the ‘it’ boot by Vogue. Not one for the fainthearted but you’ll look super cool if you dare.

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