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Winter 2024 Trends According to Paris Fashion Week
October 15, 2023
Does winter in Paris always have to mean trench coats, turtleneck sweaters, and chunky jeans? Not necessarily! Don't underestimate the Parisians—and the influential designers who work here—when dressing for all kinds of seasons. The French capital is not a fashion capital for no reason! Even in winter, when the weather forces everyone to bundle up, Paris Fashion Week has set the trends to do so fashionably. Chitose Abe of Sacai, for example, proposes an 'ABE' (All Black Everything) sensibility. The legendary Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons echoes this but puts forth more daring shapes to go with it. As for Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, she's all about traditionally strict tailoring for winter this year!
On her grand return to Paris Fashion Week, Chitose Abe chose to render her autumn/winter 2023-2024 collection in sober neutral tones. She started her show off with blacks and navies, implemented on coats and dresses that billowed as the models walked the runway. Then came the office-ready grays, some slight dashes of pale pink and baby blue, before going neutral again with creams, beiges, and the usual black & white. Though Abe was never really known for bright colors, the dominance of greyscale and neutral tones in this collection was pretty obvious. And every look was chicer than the next!
Source: Sacai YouTube Channel
Rei Kawakubo built her fashion empire and legacy within the realm of avant-garde. Many would say she's a pioneer of the movement, thanks in large part to her out-of-this-world silhouettes. Her autumn/winter 2023-2024 show in Paris Fashion Week was no different. In her interview with Vogue.com, Kawakubo confessed that she sought to go back to the very beginning with this collection. How far back in the beginning you might wonder? The Big Bang Theory that started the whole universe. True enough her extravagant shapes did give quite the bang on the runway, particularly the fur numbers. While it may not be that PC to wear fur these days, there's no doubt these pieces will warm anyone up this winter!
Source: Comme des Garçons YouTube Channel
Sarah Burton had Saville Row and its beloved London tailors in her mind for her autumn/winter 2023-2024 collection for Alexander McQueen. She claims it has a return to form, or rather a “look back on the anatomy of tailoring” for the brand. Anyone who's anyone knows that Lee McQueen himself got his start in Saville Row and never failed to apply his precise tailoring even in his most avant-garde womenswear collections. For this season, Burton brought that precision back and it's sharper than ever. From menswear suits to well-cut coats and sculptural dresses, the McQueen woman is in fighting form this winter. Warm under all those layers, sure, but stately in her strict silhouettes.
Source: FF Channel YouTube Channel
The ever-adventurous Paris-based brand Coperni has an interesting angle for their autumn/winter 2023-2024 collection: deconstructed minimalism. Mind you, this was the design duo that went viral thanks to spraying an entire dress on supermodel Bella Hadid at their spring/summer 2023 show. Though the robots returned for this latest show in Paris Fashion Week, they barely interacted with the models. Attention was instead held by their rebellious winter wardrobe, which had oversized shirts wrapped around models paired only with bright red rights. There were exceptional multi-textile jackets worn with shorts. And there were jeans with big holes by the knee. A bit grungy, sure, but chic nonetheless!
Source: Coperni YouTube Channel
Christian Cowan had Judy Garland in his mind when he designed his autumn/winter 2023-2024 collection. “I wanted to evoke her spirit,” said the designer about his latest show in Paris Fashion Week. For Cowan, Garland is as much a gay icon as she was a Hollywood legend. Her fabulously was on full display the moment the first look, a lilac-colored silk suit, came down the runway. In true Old Hollywood style, shimmering silks were a major sartorial point in the collection, particularly with the slinky evening wear. What was surprising, however, was that Cowan also used the material for his day looks, ensuring that the glamour stays as shiny as ever even during the day!
Source: StylecultureTV YouTube Channel
Modest Minimalism has always been the Olsen Twins' design creed even when they were still showing in New York Fashion Week. As they establish their place in the Paris Fashion Scene, they've never strayed away from this identity. In fact, minimalism was in full force in their autumn/winter 2023-2024 collection too. This time around, however, this was a more modest sensibility to it too. It wasn't just the brand's usual array of enveloping coats and dominating suits. Necklines went up unit the chin, hair was covered in ski mask-like garments, and massive scarves were swathed across the models' bodies. Skin was nowhere to be found in this presentation.
A quintessential Parisian designer through and through, Isabel Marant has always dressed women on the go. Her signature Parisian ease has always paired well with working women over the years, but her latest autumn/winter 2023-2024 was especially well-attuned to moving maidens. Russian model Anna Selezneva wore a denim jumpsuit that defined this concept. This was a piece any woman could wear to work in winter. As would the parks paired with knitted dresses, flowing frocks worn with knee-high boots, and slouchy suits with supreme silhouettes. Marant presented a modern woman's winter wardrobe—warm in its textiles and layering but sexy and easy in its French identity!
Source: Isabel Marant YouTube Channel
Always trust Paris Fashion Week to set the most fabulous trends for winter 2024. For the upcoming cold season, people will be dressing in chic black looks, show-stopping shapes, and exceptional tailoring!