SS24 Trend report: Sheer elegance, dramatic fringe and more

SS24 Trend report: Sheer elegance, dramatic fringe and more

The next big thing


By Benedict Unang

Images: Sarah Tai for BURO Malaysia

Spring has finally sprung, and with it comes a fresh wave of trends for fashion lovers to embrace. From the allure of shimmering metallics to the blooming beauty of floral motifs, the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris presented a delightful tapestry of sartorial offerings, inspiring individuals to embrace and reinvent their sense of style and self-expression. Ahead, we’ll explore seven top trends and must-have pieces of the season, providing insights on how to infuse your wardrobe with freshness and flair.


Cool shorts


If the ‘no-pants’ trend feels daunting, why not test the waters with the plethora of shorts this season? On those hot scorching days, this is the perfect choice to stay cool. Whether you opt for the classic white Chanel shorts, the leather cinched waist shorts from Louis Vuitton, or the laid-back knee-length beach shorts shown by Miu Miu, matching them with a long-sleeve top is always a good idea. Alternatively, you can pair it with a tube top, similar to the way Kim Jones styled it with a multi-coloured bustier at Fendi


Rose power


Perhaps florals for spring are indeed “groundbreaking”, as roses flourish not just in patterns and hues but also bloom in tangible beauty. At Balmain, Olivier Rousteing cleverly reimagines the red flower, adorning a leather trench coat with exquisite 3D rose motifs. Sarah Burton followed suit with her spin in her collection for Alexander McQueen, offering an off-shoulder dress that emulates the graceful contour of roses while celebrating the female anatomy. Similarly, Simone Rocha carves a niche of her own with an A-line dress decorated with soft pale pink roses nestled within layers of ethereal tulle.


Sheer glamour


While sheer fabric has long been a staple in this world, its recent evolution has truly showcased its versatility and inspired new ideas. Over the past few seasons, the translucent material has dominated the red carpet, yet its allure extends far beyond these exclusive shows, now making its mark in everyday wear with sheer tops from Saint Laurent and Dolce and Gabbana. Even better, transparent skirts by Erdem or Dior, provide another avenue for sartorial expression. The key to mastering this trend lies in the art of layering, and it can be as effortless as incorporating oversized jackets or cosy cardigans into your ensemble. 


Metallic dreams


Summer is the season for maximalists and metallic pieces are a must-have addition to your wardrobe. Out of all the runway styles, silver reigns supreme, gracing everything from Coperni’s asymmetrical dresses to Nina Ricci’s refined two-piece suits. Ralph Lauren introduces a timeless choice with a chic golden column dress, while Courrèges injects an edgy twist with its black metallic wrap dress, decorated with subtle cut-out details. With these shimmering ensembles, the rule is to keep accessories minimal or go big on the earrings for the most dramatic effect.


White on white


There’s an undeniable allure in reverting to simplicity, especially when the season shifts. White outfits may have become a common option during this time, but there’s ample room to elevate them with intricate details, adding depth and sophistication to your ensemble. Picture the delicate artistry of a mini Valentino dress, fashioned using the intricate sculpted altorilievo technique, or the graceful tiers of a ruffle dress by Chloé, both enhanced by the pristine elegance of white. This is also the perfect moment to experiment with vibrant accessories. Consider Saint Laurent’s chic leather belt or Chanel’s assortment of layered necklaces—after all, a little colour never hurts. 


Fringe galore

This season, fringe takes centre stage in a variety of lengths and forms. Burberry styles its army green trench coat with a graceful turquoise-orange fringe dress, while Prada embraces the fringe trend with a collared top and tailored shorts, complemented by metallic fringe belts. Paris also sees fringe making its mark, with Dior featuring thick black strips on shift dresses and Rabanne presenting a stunning golden armour-like dress adorned with ultra-thin brown fringe. If you’re in search of a show-stopping look, these fringe-accented pieces are sure to captivate.


Business chic


Believe us when we say that mastering the elevated workwear style is easier than you think with pieces straight from your wardrobe. Oversized blazers are always a solid choice as some would layer with denim for a smart-casual twist. But here’s the real secret: playing with proportions can transform your entire look. Incorporating Loewe’s super high-waisted trousers or Stella McCartney’s wide-leg trousers adds that extra touch of flair you’re looking for. Finish off with a sleek clutch and knee-high boots, and you’re ready to conquer the day with confidence and style. 



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