One of the hottest fashion event of the year, Paris Fashion Week, has sadly drawn to a close last week. And boy, did it keep us on our toes with the anticipation of seeing future seasons trends!

The biggest week of fashion saw editors Instagram and Twitter feeds constantly buzzing with excitement about the latest trends, keeping us all updated so that we’re more than prepared for Autumn/Winter 2015/16. With this in mind, I thought I’d look closely at some of the stand out pieces from collections that were previewed.

Let’s start with Marchesa’s show during Paris Couture Week. As ever, the clothes were oozing luxury and indulgence. From its use of beautiful, sumptuous fabrics, such as cascading silky materials, to the 1920s inspired hair and makeup, it had all of our eyes glazed over at its incredible attention to detail.

As shown below, the details were crucial to creating eye catching outfits. For example, the fringe detailing on this dress reminds us of the opulence of the 1920s era, where wealth and status were often shown through clothing, further emphasising the fact that Marchesa focus on a sense of empowerment through dress. It was a real show-stopping look for me.

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Next was the Burberry show, where we were left impressed with a range of looks that can only be described as boho chic. Said to have been inspired by British folk craft, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey had his models sashay down the runway in a beautiful prints, including  patchwork vintage style florals, embroidered pieces and oversized ponchos. However, the ultimate stand out piece from this collection for me was his folk take on his original trench coat style. Ah the trusty Burberry mac…updated!

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Below is the said trench coat being modelled, and as you can see it is certainly something to add to your wardrobe (or wish list!). With its beautiful fur collar,for extra warmth, and satin piping detail, it is clear that this mac is an investment piece for the fall 2015.

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There was an amusing stunt in the Valentino show, in the form of guest appearances from Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, which were part of the promotion for the new Zoolander film which is due to be released next February 2016…talk about on the ball advertising!

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Lets head over to Chanel where Karl Lagerfeld’s most recent muses, Cara Delevigne and Kendall Jenner, modelled chic 1960s style items from the collection, which in true Chanel fashion, was shown on a runway that had it’s own brasserie themed bar!

As you can see in the images below, there was a modern update on the classic tweed used by Chanel and plenty of ruffled details.

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Last but certainly not least is Alexander McQueen, where Sarah Burton used the theme of the English Rose. Held at the Conciergerie in Paris, which is where Marie Antoinette was held before being taken to the guillotine,  the show was full of romantic blush colours and deep pinks, giving a nod to femininity and a strong female form, which is what Burton had intended. She has taken her role as Alexander McQueen’s predecessor well and has maintained his focus on female empowerment.Rather poignantly, rose petals began to fall towards the end of the show, which Burton herself described as “the idea that something can be so beautiful as it is on the verge of decay,”.

As you can see below, there was lots of lace, more ruffles and even full skirts- a nod to the 18th Century styles that were frequently worn by women. The hair and makeup worn by the models were those of the traditional English rose look, showing the classic spring look of fresh, dewy skin with flushed pink cheeks. Even the hairstyles had a Miss Havisham vibe to them. Could you get any more British?

If you’re a huge McQueen fan, I recommend checking out the ‘Savage Beauty‘ exhibit at the V&A Musuem in London. It’s open until 2nd August 2015.

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