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Insider's Guide to Paris Fashion Week

The City of Light took its turn at the Fashion Week circuit with a spectacular opening ceremony, featuring the iconic Eiffel Tower. It was illuminated in brilliant sparkles and colour, including the French red, white and blue colours, and the words, La Mode Aime Paris (Fashion loves Paris) shining brightly, a symbolic gesture of the city's commitment to the fashion industry. 

It's a grand start to a week full of incredible fashion, on and off the runway. Here's some of the key sights and happenings at Paris Fashion Week.

Eclectic prints at Dries Van Noten Spring Summer 16 show.

"There was amazing energy at the Dries van Noten show," said Kate Benson, our David Jones Senior Womenswear Buyer, who is on the ground for the Spring/Summer 16 fashion parades and presentations. Presenting a collection with a colour palette as vibrant as Quality Street chocolates, Dries Van Noten appealed to the eclectic fashionista with taste for opulent fabrics and prints.

Retro '70s at Chloé Spring Summer 16 show.

The Chloé show was also full of colour but of softer tones and shades. Floor-sweeping maxi skirts paired with sportswear-inspired tops gave the collection a retro '70s feel. "The rainbow maxi dress was definitely the highlight for me," said Kate. Accessories also carried vintage design details, with long lariats and gold-chained mini bags guaranteed to be on everyone's must-have lists. 

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The beautiful Tuileries Garden is always a popular area during Fashion Week but it was also the venue for Carven's runway show, the second for new designers Adrien Caillaudaud and Alexis Martial. It was a sixties-inspired collection with crisp shirts and sweetly printed dresses all cinched in at the waist. The Carven girl remains our inspiration for the ultimate French girl style. Shop Carven in these store locations.

Sweet looks at the Carven Spring Summer 16 show.

Finally, Australian designer Ellery made her first runway debut on the official schedule of Paris Fashion Week, an honour granted only by the Federation Francaise de la Couture, du Pret-a-Porter des Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode, the country’s governing body for the ­fashion industry. The collection looked to appeal to both her French audience and homegrown fans, which was inspired by French artists Christo and Jean-Claude, who wrapped part of the NSW coastline in white fabric in 1969. This translated to stand-out pieces that shimmered and sparkled in the form of metallic fabrics and lightly sequinned tops, paper-bag waists, and of course, the brand's signature exaggerated flared sleeves. Shop Ellery's current season collection.

Ellery makes her on-schedule runway debut.