With photo projections of the Eiffel Tower and Trocadero setting the scene, Paco Rabanne envisions a collection that draw on the electric and eclectic codes of Parisian style. The Spring ’24 Pre-collection’s lineup exudes extroverted élan, rethinking ’70s and ’90s references for a contemporary wardrobe.
More than anything else, these evening and everyday looks emphasize ease and individuality. Long dresses span various materials and silhouettes: gathered silk jersey, body-grazing knit, a sheer sheath with incrustations of metal mesh; and stretch velour with a gathered torso in a shade of candy pink. Beyond their dramatic allure, surface details and styling capture the season’s insouciance. There are straps like ice cubes and belts with draped chains, while rivets and metal balls bring focus to the silhouettes. A wraparound snowflake scarf is paired unexpectedly with dresses or comes as a knit layer embellished with geometric assemblage.
Grunge takes a festive attitude, as slip dresses in lustrous metal mesh are incrusted with lace and assemblage halter tops are worn with cashmere shorts. The constant juxtaposition of fancy elements and relaxed garments brings fresh focus to the Maison’s DNA, at once intricately crafted yet ever-youthful.
As night gives way to day, the Pre-collection delivers a spirited range of wearable looks that take fashion to the street. Sparkling embroideries are suddenly dressed down; military elements become decorative; and sport meets sophistication. A coat trimmed with silver and cargo pants worn with a pastille belt show workwear in a Paco Rabanne register. And while coordinated looks make a bold impression – the flocked denim jacket and jeans; corduroy tailoring in billiard green; stretch jersey ensembles covered in a lush tapestry pattern – remixing the pieces reveals cool creativity.
Boots in collaboration with New Rock become another expression of elevated grunge and prove highly versatile across the collections. Among the statement bags, there’s Paco in a compact, slouchy shoulder style; new iterations in raffia include a spacious cabas and a small bucket with contrast black stripes; and the iconic 1969 pastilles return in gleaming copper. Tubular mesh accessories such as a magnet choker and bracelet bordered with metal balls can be effortlessly added to any look, enhancing the edge of a free-spirited season.