The 10 Biggest Fall 2024 Trends From New York, Milan, and Paris

Including smart work investments, unconventional pairings, and a healthy dose of kitsch.

Fall fashion 2024 looks from the runway collections
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With a prolific changing of the guard at legacy houses in Milan— Sabato de Sarno at Gucci, Matteo Tamburini at Tod's, and Simone Bellotti at Bally— and at Paris Fashion Week—Chemena Kamali at Chloé and Seán McGirr at Alexander McQueen— the fall 2024 trends included a bit of everything. There were smart wardrobe investments at Max Mara and The Row, fresh color combinations and unconventional pairing ideas at Loewe and Dries Van Noten, and fur or faux-fur coats just about everywhere you turned. 

If you want quirk and kitsch, you can find them within the biggest fall 2024 trends. A great coat, a beautifully tailored suit, and a luxurious knit were equally prioritized and all within arm's reach, too. "I was interested in making a monument out of the everyday," Bottega Veneta's Matthieu Blazy told a group of journalists backstage in Milan. A lesson that seemingly ordinary pieces, like a leather skirt or a button-down shirt, can still be rather extraordinary with a bit of innovation and well-executed techniques. 

With social media bans implemented at The Row and charming glimpses of the past brought forth at Altuzarra and Prada in the form of vintage-inspired tea-length dresses, cheeky hat trends, and lady coats, it's more apparent than ever that clothes don't actually need TikTok validation or party tricks up their sleeves to be valued in the modern world. Great clothes speak for themselves.

Coat of Arms

statement coats on the fall 2024 runways

Statement coats from Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and Loewe's fall 2024 runways.

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Fall 2024 coats are a testament to both design and functionality. These overachievers will provide warmth, but they contain other great qualities, too, as each designer offers their take on fall's omnipresent staples. Victoria Beckham's runway featured double-lapel peacoats, shearlings, and moto-style leather jackets. Loewe re-introduced us to Victoria-era swallowtail coats, and at Bottega Veneta, there were multiple standouts, from cocoon-shaped jackets to wooly cape outerwear.

Feather Weather

fringe from the fall 2024 runways

Feathers envelop clothes on the runways of Givenchy, Tory Burch, Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo, and MM6.

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Once indicative of social status, feather embellishments give clothing an innate sense of drama. But for fall 2024, feathers infiltrated in unexpected ways. Feathery textured hems and necklines clung to dresses at Ferragamo and Bottega. Full-on feather coats flocked the Tory Burch runway, and feathered skirts were casually styled peeking out from beneath sweaters at Brunello Cucinelli. 

Fur Frenzy

Fur on the fall 2024 runways

Fur and fur-like pieces dominate the fall 2024 runways at Paco Rabanne, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Khaite, Ferragamo, Givenchy, Gabriela Hearst, and Balmain.

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The discourse around fur and faux furs can be contentious, but with a surge in popularity, designers are innovating with novel fabrics and silhouettes that transcend the fleeting mob wife aesthetic. Prada artfully fused shearling to mimic fur on dress hems and shoulder sleeves. At Loewe, Jonathan Anderson offered an alternative to the conventional fur jacket with a cropped pullover, and at Bally, furry backs adorned sheath tops and gave an unexpected update to asymmetric mini skirts.

Green with Envy

Green color trend on the fall 2024 runways

Green was a reigning color on the fall 2024 runways at shows like Chloé, Dries Can Noten, Jil Sander, and Ferragamo.

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There's always a color or grouping of color trends that prevail over the season: red, butter yellow, Barbie pink. This season, green—a symbol of renewal—is staking its claim. A retro 1970s green enveloped suiting and jackets at Gucci, while Fforme showcased slinky emerald green dresses and suiting separates. And Saint Laurent embraced the lush hue as the show backdrop, with hints of olive and khaki green peppered throughout the collection.

Wild Card

Leopard prints on the runway at Versace, Marni, Dior

Animal prints saunter down the runways at Versace, Marni, Dior, No.21, and Alaïa.

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The animal print trend never went dormant, but it has become a major thread across the fall 2024 collections bringing boldness and play into neutral territory. An amalgamation of leopard print was prevalent at Marni and Versace, as well as Seán McGirr's debut season as Creative Director for Alexander McQueen. Theory's collection also offered a palatable approach to leopard care of swing dresses, smart suits, and trenches.

Ladylike Suiting

Ladylike suiting trend on the fall 2024 runways

Vintage-inspired suiting peppered the runways at Loro Piana, Bottega Veneta, The Row, and Altuzarra.

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Vintage lovers will rejoice in the runway's classic offerings from the past. Several designers, including Altuzarra and The Row, shifted toward salon-style showings this season. And notoriously offline, The Olsens enforced a no social media policy at their fall 2024 Paris show. Mimicking old-fashioned (albeit very much in fashion) mindsets, it was no coincidence the collections also revisited retro styles.

Layering Pro

Layering on the Fall 2024 runways

Designers are taking a new approach to modern layering as seen at Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, and Dries Van Noten.

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Designers are taking a new approach to modern layering, making it foolproof to achieve a nonchalant cuffed sleeve or a perfectly rolled pant leg. Many of fall 2024's pieces have the details already styled in. At Bottega Veneta, several of the collection's doubled-up button-downs, cowl neck knits, and jackets are attached at the seams. At Gucci, shrunken-style polos come sewn into companion cardigans that drape ever-so-slightly on the cusp of the shoulder.

Luxurious Knits

Trends from the fall 2024 runways

Designers like Balmain, Versace, Tod's, Ferragamo, and Gucci are approaching comfy apparel with a luxury mindset.

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Not so long ago, there was a time when cozy clothing reigned king. But now, with places to go and people to see, we’ve pivoted away from cocooning ourselves completely. Still, getting dressed doesn’t have to undermine the importance of comfort— and designers are approaching leisure apparel with a luxury mindset. The Row offered sophisticated cashmere pants that can easily double as cocktail attire paired with a slightly oversized blazer and some pearls. Pop on a kitten heeled boot or a mule, and Jil Sander’s knit sets can easily take you into the boardroom.

No Pants? No Problem.

Trends from the fall 2024 runways

No. 21, Saint Laurent, Altuzarra, and Interior promoted new ways to approach the no-pants trend.

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On the fall 2024 runways, there were more new pant silhouettes than ever—ballooning cargo pants at Loewe and high-waisted, long-legged "elevator" pants at Victoria Beckham— and new ways to approach the no-pants trend. Altuzarra suggested a monochromatic pop of red with a cropped jacket and tight combo, Gucci offered barely there micro short options in knit and leather fabrications, and Ferragamo designed sturdy opaque tight-legging hybrids for those on the fence.

On the Fringe

Trends from the fall 2024 runways

Fringe was one of those trends that kept popping up on the runways at JW Anderson, Ferragamo, Givenchy, and Jil Sander.

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Fringe was one of those trends that kept popping up on the runways, but it was also a common thread amongst the dress codes and street styles of editors, buyers, and influencers attending the shows. Bottega Veneta continues to drive home its artisanal prowess with micro leather fringe atop statement jackets, on skirts, and throughout their accessories. Dries Van Noten strategically placed tinsel twinkling fringes on suiting. At Ferragamo, elongated fringe strips framed bare legs on skirts and dresses.

Sheer Force

Trends from the fall 2024 runways

Designers tackled the sheer trend head on at Ferragamo, Gucci, Chloé, and Alberta Ferretti.

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You can't talk about Saint Laurent's fall 2024 collection without broaching the topic of sheer, but the French fashion house wasn't the only designer tackling "naked dressing" head-on. From completely translucent tunic-style dresses at Proenza Schouler to shots of sheer at Gucci, and sheer skirts at Fendi, those who buy into the trend can layer strategically or bare it all.

Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.