Rabanne FW24: An Eye for Individuality

Artistic director Julien Dossena turned his attention toward what women on the street are wearing and how they style themselves. 

A hallmark of any Rabanne show is the jingle of chainmail as the models walk down the runway. Not so this season! For his FW24 collection, artistic director Julien Dossena turned his attention toward what women on the street are wearing and how they style themselves. The models would’ve been equally at home scouring Paris’s famed Saint-Ouen vintage markets as they were walking the runway.

This season’s Rabanne woman wears layer upon layer, coats over jackets over cardigans over shirts. As she heads out the door she loops a scarf around her neck, or wraps another shirt around her waist, or slips on some jeans underneath her dress. She stylishly mixes and matches materials and textures with an eye for individuality.

Not to say other Rabanne signatures weren’t present. She still had the bohemian air of a ’70s woman, wearing flamboyant prints and knits that hug her close. Her hair was soft and relaxed, and her cheeks were gently rouged by the cold. And while the sound of chainmail was missing, the soundtrack delivered mixtape nostalgia, opening with Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” and closing with the Pet Shop Boys’ “Always On My Mind,” back in the public consciousness thanks to Andrew Haigh’s All of Us Strangers.

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