Diving headfirst into the glitz, glamour, and gleeful audacity of the Parisian couture scene, the spotlight rightfully belongs to Patou Spring/Summer 2024 collection. In an era that seems to be shrouded in darkness, artistic director Guillaume Henry reminds us of the power of fashion as an escape, a release, and a source of unadulterated joy. This celebration of joie de vivre was a timely antidote against a tumultuous backdrop, putting the weight of the world on pause and serving up a delightful show full of buoyant party pieces.
By deftly leveraging the language of fashion, Henry conveys a narrative that exudes unabashed optimism. For Henry, Patou Spring/Summer 2024 collection is not a manifesto. It is an ensemble of jubilation that seeks to shed light on our lives during trying times. Henry’s modus operandi diverges from the somber narrative and instead, he emphasizes his role as a craftsman of delight, injecting whimsical elements that conjure the quintessential Patou woman’s carefree, fantastical spirit.
During an especially tumultuous weekend in Paris, Henry managed to orchestrate an extraordinary escapade that brought both style and solace to a city under duress. The designer infused the collection with the iconic brand’s DNA – gaiety, enthusiasm, and an intrinsic affinity for unadulterated joy.
Dubbing the show as a “safe space“, he evoked an intimate ambiance of a weekend soirée amongst close friends. The staging was a subtle tribute to the brand’s founder, Jean Patou, who had a proclivity for transforming Sunday evening shows into effervescent gatherings during the roaring ’20s.
Henry’s eye-catching lineup comprises a plethora of mini dresses, short skirts, and flirtatious crop tops in a chromatic array of pastels and neutrals. Reinventing knit separates and smart tailoring, the ensembles were a brilliant display of Henry’s commercial acumen. Cut daringly high on the leg “because it’s fashion for dancing“, each hemline was bedecked with an abundance of frills to add a fluttering dynamism to each piece.
The collection’s novelty lies in its masterful use of rhinestones, manifesting as geometric borders embellishing an array of silhouettes from a sultry little black dress to an impeccable coat and chic combinations of brassiere tops with tailored slacks.
However, what truly set the Patou Spring/Summer 2024 collection apart were the accessories. Oversized scrunchies, a downsized rendition of the iconic Le Patou bag, colossal hoop earrings, and gleaming golden headbands were the irresistible cherries atop an already delectable feast of fashion. “Nothing better than a glimmer of gold because who isn’t attracted by what shines“, asserts Henry, his words echoing the sentiment of the entire collection.