Though this season of men’s fashion still had a few of the maximalist runway spectacles that the big houses rely on to generate hype and engagement, in many ways it felt like a more thoughtful body of work than in recent seasons. Whether it’s global conflict, fears of recession, the rise of AI, or the changing of fashion’s corporate structure – probably all of these – something was in the air to make designers dig deep and and reflect on a fundamental design level.
While gender fluidity still isn’t nearly as present as it was, say, a few years ago, Fendi, Loewe, and Gucci all made successful efforts to break from the mold of rigid masculine archetypes and infuse a sense of feminine freedom into their collections.
It should come as no surprise that Rick Owens earned the top spot. Marking a break from his typical routine of showing at the Palais de Tokyo, the designer invited the fashion flock into his home – an intimate gesture that emphasized the deep sense of humanity subtly present in a collection that used proportional amplification to emphasize the inhumanity of a time when the global news cycle is shaped by conflict and genocide in the Palestine, Congo, the Mexico-U.S. border, Ukraine, the Philippines, and many more.
Here are The Impression’s Top 10 men’s fashion shows of the Fall 2024 season as selected by our Editor-in-Chief, Kenneth Richard.