After a day spent walking London and then travelling through Belgium and France I have noticed the following trends. High heels are definitely out, and flat heels are the go, although flat heels have always been popular in Europe as Europeans do a lot of walking in cities compared to the UK and Australia. But in a whole day in London I only saw 5 women wearing high heels, all the rest were flats – thank goodness we at last have some sense in fashion.UK has been the land of pastels for almost as long as I can remember, but it looks like the Brits are now moving toward stronger colours. Europe has always been stronger colours, probably as bright as we wear in Australia.Animal prints are still the go, with the fashion leaning toward leopard this year, plus fluffy animal faux- furs are still strong in the fashion scene. In addition calf hide is now appearing, especially in shoes and bags.Black and white prints are high fashion this year and dresses are making a strong return after many years. Men’s look suits have appeared but tailored and shaped for women.It is a pleasure to see that there is what appears to be an anti movement to our current and increasingly high tech lives with a desire to return to nature. I think that is why we are seeing animal prints, animal furs, flat heels, organic cafes, nature displays in stores, natural fibres in clothing such as bamboo and hemp, and people demanding more fresh products in fast food outlets such as apples and salads, and healthier options, although this is still not huge, but it is a trend that appears to be growing.Now we are in Corsica, a very down to earth lovely little French island and we are about to drive to the chestnut growing region so we can see what chestnut products are made here with a view to gleaning ideas for products back home.