When it comes to fashion weeks, it really doesn't get any bigger or more prestigious than Paris Fashion Week. In the words of Miranda Priestly, "Paris is the most important week of my entire year".
The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode have released their schedule of over 70 designers, presenting over nine days from 25 September to 3 October. Among them, some of the fashion world's most notable heritage Houses like Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, YSL, Hermès and Balmain. But there are also some contemporary names to look out for like Victoria Beckham, Kiko Kostadinov and Cophenhagen's Cecilie Bahnsen.
A couple of not-so-new first-timers on the calendar at Paris Fashion Week this seasons are beloved Australian designer Christopher Esber, and American-Vietnamese designer Peter Do (fresh from his first collection debut at the helm of Helmut Lang at NYFW just a few short weeks ago). We'll also get Sarah Burton's final curtain call for Alexander McQueen.
So that you don't miss a thing, we're bringing you all the highlights from Paris Fashion Week SS24 in one place. Check out all the best moments below.
Saint Laurent's aviation-themed SS24 collection was presented under a clear sky at the foot of the Eiffel Tower – a locale close to the heart of the House's creative director Anthony Vacarello. Aussie model Aleyna Fitzgerald opened the show, which consisted of ecru jumpsuits, service jackets, pleated trousers and the menswear and gold hardware House codes that have grown to be synonymous with the Saint Laurent name. Read our full show review here.
Maria Grazia Chiuri continued to pioneer her vision of modern femininity at Christian Dior's SS24 runway, staged amidst a video installation by Elena Bellatoni. Striking statements like "My Body Is Not A Product" and "I Am Not Your Doll" were projected onto a saturated backdrop of pink and yellow walls.
Conversely, this season's collection opted for a more neutral palette, nodding to many of their House codes in lace dresses, cinched-waist blazers and collared white shirts. Asymmetry seemed to be a theme, as were gladiator-style ballet flats and utilitarian vests and jackets. Read our full show review here.
Set around an oversized disco ball, and with hardcore beats from Master KG and Konstantin Wallner setting the sonic tone, Acne Studios' SS24 runway took cues from club culture with exaggerated point pumps, leotards, leather tailoring and oversized speed-dealer eyewear.
The collection's palette was a careful gradient, that moved across spectrums of darkness, but with pops of green, red and blue in the most unexpected of places. Overall, it felt like an evolution for the brand, graduating from their denim roots and into a textural and elegant new era, featuring sheer tartans and constructed mesh, soft fleeces and hoop hems.
Marni made their PFW debut this week in a private residence once owned by the late Karl Lagerfeld. The show was a sensory exploration of Parisian living, designed under the helm of Francesco Risso.
Their SS24 runway stayed true to the brand's whimsical personality, striped jackets, mini capes and checkered suits making appearances alongisde wide-leg trousers and bold knitted tights.
Sydney wunderkind Christopher Esber made his Paris Fashion Week debut, at the Cité de architecture et du patrimoine. The show's focus was on materials and their interaction with the body; enveloping cloth, and fluid silhouettes supported by new metallic structures. A palette of stone and sand grounded the collection in nature, while Chantilly lace and silk contrasting with ties and leather bindings across chests.
Friends of the brand showed up in droves to support Esber's debut, including notable Aussies like Shanina Shaik, Yan Yan Chan, Nicole Warne and Gabriella Brooks.
Danish designer Cecilie Bahnsen's tradition of 'Everyday Couture' was continued in her SS24 runway show, which furthered her ultra-feminine, oversized vision of beauty. Romantic lace dresses in pinks and blacks were set aside red-tulle stitched denim ensembles, each paired with black upcycled sneakers from the brand's highly coveted newest collaboration with ASICS.
On the collection Bahnsen said that it was intended to celebrate slowness and the process of creation; posing the question of complicated workmanship and the collection’s working process.
Sarah Burton's final collection at the helm of Alexander McQueen had an amalgamation of influences: "inspired by female anatomy, Queen Elizabeth I, the blood red rose and Magdalena Abakanowicz, a transgressive and powerfully creative artist who refused ever to compromise her vision."
The theatrical backdrop of Le Carreau du Temple added to the drama of the evening, a full-bodied colour palette of black, blood red and gold dominating the runway by way of cut-out dresses and blazers, leather bodices, and sculptural shaggy garments. Naomi Campbell showed up to close out the runway in a silvery, distressed gown and matching shoes.
At Paris's Palais de Tokyo, Australian fashion brand Zimmermann revealed their botany-inspired Spring 24 collection; ombre silk scarves, floral appliqués and petal-skirt minis dominating the runway in blush and sunset tones. Breezy silhouettes and trademark prints took cues from naturalist sketchbooks, while staying true to the brand's über-feminine vision.
Zimmermann's eponymous creative director, Nicky Zimmermann, said of the collection: "We were drawn to the lovely, unexpected colour combinations of abstract landscape colourists and mixed these with the more scientific mood of classic botanist art against clean white backdrops.”
Louboutin's SS24 collection also debuted in Paris this week, a masterclass in Parisian chic and inspired by Monsieur Louboutin's enduring love of flowers. To launch the collection, the brand presented a live, contemporary performance, transposing the iconic red-soled shoes to the big screen at the majestic Grand Ampitheatre of La Sorbonne in Paris.
Inviting Belgian-Moroccan artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to choreograph, and German-Persian artist Tobias Gremmler to direct the visual concept, what manifested was a series of boundary-pushing music performances and dances that explored the juxtaposition between humanity and technology.
Roger Vivier unveiled a four-level immersive exhibition entitled ‘Les Éléments Vivier' this week; an homage to the rich decor and savoire-faire of the House. Set in a private Haussmanian-style residence in the 8th district of Paris, each floor was dedicated to a new design in conversation with Vivier's illustrious history.
The spirit of the atelier was showcased in the exhibition through live demonstrations of embroidery, draping and other House craft; a glimpse behind the magic of Roger Vivier's artisanal expertise – from crystal and beadwork through to sculptural leathers.