Of the many designer debuts we have witnessed over the last couple of seasons, few have been as anticipated and prompted as much chatter as Pharrell Williams’s at Louis Vuitton. The multi-hyphenate musician, who is succeeding Virgil Abloh in the role, will unveil his first collection for the French house on the evening of June 20, the first day of Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
The provisional calendar, which was published today by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, sees Louis Vuitton move up from its usual spot to the opening day, though kicking off the calendar officially, per usual, is the Bachelor of Arts show of the Institute Française de la Mode. Closing the week on June 26 is Ludovic de Saint Sernin, who recently made headlines for departing as creative director of Ann Demeulemeester after only one season. This will be the French designer’s first show after exiting the Belgian house.
Rhuigi Villaseñor finds himself in a similar position, as he will be presenting his latest collection for his label Rhude after exiting Bally last week following just two seasons at the helm. The presentation is scheduled for June 21.
Newcomers on the presentations calendar include recently announced CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Angelo Urritía of the New York-based label 4SDesigns, International Woolmark Prize winner Adeju Thompson of the Nigerian label Lagos Space Programme, the Japanese label Bed J.W. Ford, and C. R. E. O. L. E., the label by Vincent Frédéric Colombo. Debuting on the official calendar will be Burç Akyol, who is one of the nine finalists of the LVMH Prize, the winner of which will be announced on June 7.
Noticeably absent on the calendar is Thom Browne. The New York-based CFDA chairman often presents his spring men’s collection as part of the Paris Men’s Calendar in June. The brand has not yet shared plans for the spring 2024 menswear season, though it recently presented its fall 2023 ready-to-wear collection in New York during the designer’s first season at the helm of the CFDA.
Also on the calendar are Paris Men’s Week stalwarts Walter Van Beirendonck on the 21st; Rick Owens, Givenchy, and Dries Van Noten on the 22nd; Dior Men on the 23rd; and Hermès and Loewe on the 24th. Kenzo and Marine Serre will continue to present their ready-to-wear and men’s collections during the showcase.