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Dressing for Paris Fashion Week on a high-street budget


By Niamh ODonoghue
25th Sep 2018
Dressing for Paris Fashion Week on a high-street budget

Just two days in and Paris Fashion Week has been a whirlwind already. It’s rumoured to be Maria Grazia Churi’s final hurrah at Dior following a powerful display of femininity intertwined with dance and a stunning catwalk showcase. Jane Birkin made a surprise appearance at Gucci at the Théâtre Le Palace (singing her 1983 song “Baby Alone in Babylone”) and the dazzling streets of Paris offered the perfect backdrop for the hoards of editors, fashion critics, influencers and models that accended the metropolitan city following Milan Fashion Week last week. Here are just four outstanding fashion moments that caught my eye in the last 24 hours, and I can’t wait to try them for myself.

Caroline Daur

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What makes model and blogger Caroline Daur’s style so delectable and digestible is her innate ability to take something ordinary and make it outstanding. Hamburg-based digital talent and entrepreneur Daur is a Fashion Week regular, usually donning of-the-minute bags (the coveted Dior saddle bag, for instance) and dresses (Daur completely dazzles in this red Marni number). For her debut at Paris Fashion Week yesterday, Daur suitably wore head-to-toe new-season Jacquemus on her way to the catwalk show, showcasing Simon Porte Jacquemus’ forthcoming SS19 collection. Tight, pipping-effect leggings layered under a midi-skirt of similar style in soft beige and a fitted peplum-style shirt made up the ensemble, which Daur made look effortless and simple. I love that she gave this smart-casual look a high-fashion injection with geometric heel pumps, textured gold earrings and a zesty red micro bag. Consider the buckled midi skirt and leather leggings combination from Topshop, below, as your alternative solution to casual or evening wear for autumn.

Ring buckle midi skirt, €60, stretch leggings, €46, both at topshop.com

Ring buckle midi skirt, €60, stretch leggings, €46, both at topshop.com

Samantha Angelo

Citrus shades are having a remarkably strong presence at this year’s spring/summer runway shows and the street style crowd has wasted no time in making this giddy confectionary colour their own. Creative director and stylist Samantha Angelo – the statuesque blonde behind The Eye Travels – harmonises striking yolk yellow with punchy bursts of electric blue and white that perfectly complement her icy-white ‘do and petite features. A classic trench is the coolest coat you can have right now and the addition of a burst of sunshine yellow is an uplifting way to add vibrancy for both autumn and winter and ’19. Yes, beige is practical, but yellow is fun: try the long-line soft-touch trench from Asos, below, for a bright autumn update.

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Glamorous longline coat in bright check, €110.60 at asos.com

Glamorous longline coat in bright check, €110.60 at asos.com

Cindy Bruna

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Okay, I appreciate that this is a two-for-one deal here but can one ever go wrong with corduroy? Namely pink corduroy? Model Cindy Bruna, left, wears a traditional corduroy blazer that is a gender-bending staple of the 1970s. With a slightly dropped shoulder, relaxed fit and thin wale corduroy, which is tough, durable, yet soft and smooth to touch, this blazer can be worn as a separate with tight black skinny’s or together with matching corduroy trousers. For a similar look, this Mango chalky rose-pink blazer has similar pizzazz – at a fraction of the cost – and can also be worn as a separate, or together with matching trousers to complete one of this season’s (and next) biggest seventies trends.

Corduroy structured blazer, €89.99 at mango.com

Corduroy structured blazer, €89.99 at mango.com

Yoyo Cao

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As one of Singapore’s biggest style stars, designer and fashion influencer Yoyo Cao is putting southeast Asia on the map. Even if you’ve only just discovered her, it’s hard to mistake Cao’s delectable style and confidence as anything other than brilliant. She has mastered the art of layering, playing textures and silhouettes against one another to create something new and uplifting. She teams slip-dresses seamlessly with oversized knitwear and knows how to wear one of this season’s biggest trends with nonchalance. At yesterday’s Dior show, Cao – rarely seen without stylish lenses – wore a full-length denim-style trench-cum-mac that effortlessly fell and hugged her petite frame as she made her way to the show space. If we’re talking investment buys for autumn/winter and indeed SS19, there’s no doubt that a belted number should be on your list. If you’re petite like Cao, the addition of a standout belt can create the illusion of a longer frame. Similarly, a belt will help accentuate every curve to create a beautiful feminine (but borderline androgynous) shape. This deep purple, vinyl trench from Asos, below, is a stylish update on the modern beige trench incorporating the vinyl trend that’s in high demand right now. The trench is a trusty piece of transitional outerwear that every fashion editor, journalist and blogger has in her or his arsenal.

ASOS oversized mac in vinyl, €124.43 at asos.com

ASOS oversized mac in vinyl, €124.43 at asos.com