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Fashion Month Is Over: Here Are the Paris Fashion Week Highlights
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by Mimi Droeshout 5-minute read October 4, 2023

After a month of incredible collections and show-stopping fashion moments, here are our last highlights from Paris Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer 2024 season.

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UNDERCOVER'S DRESSES WERE TRULY ALIVE

Undercover's Jun Takahashi unveiled a breathtaking vision for Spring/Summer 2024, capturing the essence of innovation and emotion in fashion. The pièce de résistance was a trio of terrarium dresses, masterfully designed to house live butterflies – harmoniously blending nature with avant-garde craftsmanship. More than garments, they seemed to stand as an evocative testament to the fragile dance between the man-made and the natural world.

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BALMAIN AND THE 'STOLEN COLLECTION'

About ten days before Balmain was set to show, a delivery van carrying about 50 pieces from the collection was stolen. Despite the huge setback, Creative Director Olivier Rousteing made it clear that the show would go on, saying, “So many people worked so hard to make this collection”.

“We are redoing everything, but this is so so disrespectful. We won’t give up.” And thank the fashion heavens they did. Some pieces were remade and others were samples, but despite the challenges of putting it together last-minute, the runway was full of joie de vivre, sparkle, and elaborate detailwork. Rousteing paid tribute to his team after the show, praising them for their unflagging commitment to the Balmain house. 

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SARAH BURTON BIDS FAREWELL TO ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

"McQueen forged his own path, bedeviling the money-men who sought to profit off of his genius. It was, in fact, his wish that the house not continue after his death. However, the appointment of Burton made perfect sense. Who else could have kept his legacy alive in such a respectful manner? However, compromises had to be made. Products had to move. This is where we saw the introduction of comfortable sneakers, fabulous fashion jewelry, and other entry-point items that made Alexander McQueen a household name. For those invested in the ever-evolving business of fashion and its ever-revolving door of celebrity designers, the question of who will replace Burton is enough to keep one up at night. Is this the end of an era? Or the beginning of something better?" Read our full review here.

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CASABLANCA'S TRIBUTE TO NIGERIA

Casablanca's Spring/Summer 2024 collection delved deeply into the captivating allure of Nigeria, drawing inspiration from the shifting hues of the Saharan region and the rich cultural exchanges spanning African art, music, and film. This season painted a picture of a meeting point – a melding of Casablanca's essence with the vibrant spirit of Nigeria, symbolizing a shared optimism for a globally influential future. Through this collection, Casablanca celebrated Nigeria's dynamic youth and its pivotal cultural heritage, mirroring its own aspirations for revolutionary growth on a global scale.

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WHO WAS INVITED TO DEMNA'S FAMILY REUNION FOR BALENCIAGA SPRING 2024?

"It was a family affair at Balenciaga Spring 2024, and not just the kind that involves blood relatives (as was the case of the opening look worn by Creative Director Demna’s mother, Ella) but the kind of sprawling second family we gather around us as we grow and evolve. Also on stage, backed by theatrical crimson curtains, came Balenciaga’s amazing Global PR Director, Robin Meason, his personal trainer, one of his former professors, and cultural tastemakers who have shaped his life like performer Amanda Lepore and model-actress Mariacarla Boscono." Read our full review here

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MESSIKA'S EVENING OF PURE GLAMOUR

In an evening of unparalleled glamour, icons from Cher to Ashley Graham joined Messika's dazzling showcase of the 70s-inspired Midnight Sun high jewelry collection. Artistic Director Valérie Messika unveiled 140 masterpieces, with a standout yellow diamond piece weighing nearly 35 carats. This creative spree was nothing short of a homage to the spirit of iconic 70s establishments like Studio 54, The Palace, and Chez Régine. Every piece was a testament to the skills of Messika's artisans. Garments, imagined by Nix Lecourt Mansion, were worn by celebrated models like Carla Bruni, and the evening ended with a live performance by Ava Max.

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MIU MIU TURNS 30, BUT DOESN'T LOOK A DAY OVER 19

"Right now, her thoughts are preoccupied with subverting prep school codes, finding new ways to develop the micro mini, and bringing a lived-in feel to clothing by employing distressed and washed finishes and a thrown-together feel to the styling. Right away, the collection read very “broquette,” a term coined by Alexi Alario – one-third of the fascinating fashion podcast Nymphet Alumni – which is a blend of “bro” and “coquette” codes. The Miu Miu girl is masc-femme. She’s dude and dudette. She’s a sports-loving dweeb. She's a contradiction. She contains multitudes." Read our full review here.

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ANREALAGE DOES IT AGAIN

Last season, Kunihiko Morinaga's Anrealage collection skyrocketed to fame, especially after Beyoncé donned pieces from the color-changing lineup during her Renaissance tour. This season, Anrealage did it again, using UV to bring the collection to life and create a spectacle that instantly went viral. There was a moment of breathlessness as we watched PVC clothes transform from transparent and plain into a vibrant, psychedelic kaleidoscope.

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GABRIELA HEARST ENDS HER TENURE AT CHLOÉ WITH A JOYFUL TRIBUTE COLLECTION

"The musical chairs of fashion can leave fans feeling sad and hollow, much like when your favorite player is traded to another team. This season, Gabriela Hearst ended her three-year tenure at Chloé with a celebration – a triumphant display of her best ideas that immediately made us wish she were staying on." Read our full review here

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REEMAMI'S PARIS FASHION WEEK DEBUT

Reemami, founded by Palestinian-born and UAE-based designer Reema Al Banna, unveiled Vivid Vortex, a collection that intricately wove emotions of vitality with elements from surf skating, punk, and personal memories from Al Banna's childhood years living in Sharjah. This dynamic line, building upon the success of her prior collection, entitled A Tin of Olive Oil, skillfully combined plush padded textures with bold optical prints. The collection was presented at Maison de l'Amérique de Latine on September 30th, marking the brand's exciting debut at Paris Fashion Week.

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THE LOUBI SHOW COMBINED VIRTUALITY AND REALITY

For Spring/Summer 2024, Christian Louboutin brought technology and human artistry together, in a live performance at the historic Grand Amphitheatre of La Sorbonne in Paris. The production, choreographed by the globally renowned Belgian-Moroccan artist, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, famed for his collaborations with icons like Lady Gaga, highlighted a tapestry of cultural dances and Louboutin's iconic red sole. "Dance is universal, in any culture, dance has its own special resonance. Sidi Larbi did this amazing mix of styles and culture, that is something I also cherish in my work," Louboutin remarked. Sixteen dancers, paired with autonomous LED screens, moved to a soundtrack inspired by an Arabic love poem, celebrating Louboutin's Egyptian roots. The evening culminated with a cocktail presentation that unveiled Louboutin's latest collection.

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