If you've noticed anything about the fashion show landscape over the last few seasons, you'll know that few do it better than Simon Porte Jacquemus.
From the lavender fields of Provence to the salt flats of Camargue via rolling golden wheat fields, Jacquemus and his team are relentlessly searching for pure gold dust when it comes to finding a location for their latest runway showcase. But how to top his iconic aforementioned settings?
Taking to the grounds of the Palace of Versailles just outside of Paris, Jacquemus did just that as he presented his spring/summer 2024 “Le Chouchou” collection.
But before the first model had even stepped foot on the runway the afternoon had already served up a spectacle, with guests not only arriving by rowing boat but also watching the show from said boat having moored up along the edge of the lake.
With Emily Ratajkowski, Eva Longoria and Claire Foy all in attendance it was never going to be anything but glamorous, but one of our major guestlist highlights came courtesy of Victoria and David Beckham, who were the epitome of elegance as they were rowed to their spot along the bank.
With his a-list arrivals finally in situ, it was, of course, time for the French fashion designer's latest jaw-dropping spectacle to commence.
Unsurprisingly the runway was similarly star-studded, with good friends Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner taking to the catwalk to model the brand's vision for the season ahead.
Fans of the industry's current love for all things sheer were not left disappointed, with Gigi's lingerie-inspired look comprising of a transparent tulle, lace-up nightie atop a white underwear set, lace knee-high socks and square-toe, heeled ballet pumps - the latter of which you can expect to be all over your Instagram feed very soon.
Kendall's look may have been more opaque than Gigi's, but she too is tapping into one of the season's more risqué trends. Going trouser-less is gaining momentum in the fashion world right now, with Kendall having championed the look herself before and her younger sister, Kylie, quickly becoming one of the trend's key poster girls.
The latest trend in bottoms is not wearing any at all.
Touching further on the trend for all things sheer, Simon's finale saw an array of colour-block moments take to the runway in a powerful showcase of fabrication focus.
Layering transparent tulles and intricate lace detailing alongside puffy silks - all of the exact same hue - he creates that three-dimensional impact that so many monochromatic looks lack.
Ahead of the show, Simon Jacquemus spoke to WWD about the location's significance. “Being able to do a show in Versailles has always been a childhood dream.”
“I was so inspired by this historical place during the design process that it led me to explore many new creative possibilities, different from my past shows, but still very Jacquemus.”
“I am really honored and proud to be able to do a show there, as an independent fashion house. It’s going to be a very special moment for Jacquemus.”
And, true to form, that's exactly what it was.