New York, London, Milan, and now we've landed to Paris — the final stop of the Spring/Summer 2024 fashion journey. The city of love kicked off the week with a Dior show that was an ode to modern femininity. Aside from Dior, we saw new collections from fashion powerhouses such as Saint Laurent, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Valentino, and Balenciaga. It was a week of exciting firsts (congrats, Marni on your Paris debut!), but also of bittersweet farewells. After 26 years at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton gracefully took her final bow. Now that Paris Fashion Week has officially concluded, here are seven trends to keep an eye on.
Floral designs have taken over runways from New York to Paris, whether in the form of prints or accessories. Designers are certain: come Spring/Summer 2024, we will be dressed in floral motifs from head to toe. Arguably, the loudest was Olivier Rousteing — his Balmain presentation was a spectacle of blossoms. Models sported bustiers and dresses decorated with flowers crafted from recycled plastic bottles, and their bags and shoes were sculptured like bouquets. Floral motifs were also show-stealers at the Marni show, with garments featuring hand-cut fabric flowers and striking 3D metal florals. Vibrant floral patterns added color to Balenciaga's collection, and were also prominent at Givenchy and Alexander McQueen.
Mules, pumps, platforms — the runway has seen it all. Yet, Paris Fashion Week introduced another shoe trend to watch out for: gladiator sandals. The first were Dior with their latest collection, celebrating feminism, fashion and female rebellion. One of the standouts were the pointed-toe flats, which featured straps winding up the leg. The trend was also mirrored at the Rabanne show, where models showcased metallic gladiator sandals in shimmering gold and silver.
Saint Laurent is bringing back the jumpsuit trend! The brand’s Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello revisited Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Safari collection from 1968, putting his own spin. Among the highlights were the earthy-toned jumpsuits seamlessly blending a practical, utilitarian feel with a touch of luxury. Belted jumpsuits were spotted at Elie Saab, and ultra-feminine one-piece looks at Alexander McQueen and Courrèges.
For Spring/Summer 2024 designers encourage us to follow a simple style formula. Pumps + vibrant mesh tights or stockings = the perfect match. Both Acne Studios and Givenchy are cheering us on to be daring and experimental with color. Try bold choices like vivid yellows, deep blues, greens, and fiery reds.
Red wasn't alone in stealing the show — its deep reddish-brown cousin, burgundy, also had its moment. The shade was hard to miss at the Hermès show, which featured more than a dozen full-on burgundy looks. Saint Laurent also sprinkled some burgundy into their earthy-toned collection, and you could catch glimpses of it at Dries Van Noten and Valentino too.
Stripes are taking the fashion world by storm. Louis Vuitton presented a series of vibrant striped shirt-dresses, pants, and skirts, while Schiaparelli showcased elegant striped sets. The stripe motif was also spotted at Marni, Chanel and Dries Van Noten.
Crochet lace accents stood out in a few collections this season. At the Dior presentation, the models sported pieces featuring intricate solar and floral patterns. Likewise, at Vivienne Westwood, Andreas Kronthaler showcased a gorgeous bridal-esque ensemble with similar crochet lace touches.