Wales Bonner schooled us in style for Fall/Winter 2024

Wales Bonner schooled us in style for Fall/Winter 2024

by Ollie Cox
3 min

Wales Bonner chose books and looks for its school-inspired Fall/Winter 2024 collection, “Dream Study,” which was presented during the second day of the Paris Fashion Week Men’s schedule. The brand always causes a buzz, with its considered approach to nostalgia-drenched design attracting a host of famous co-sings, from Solange Knowles, who was in attendance this evening, to Lewis Hamilton, to name just a few. 

This time around, Wales Bonner looked towards the uniforms worn in American academic settings, presenting a collection that went heavy on chilled-out tailoring, loose knitwear, and roomy outwear. Trousers were cut to a relaxed, baggy fit, worn with chunky long-sleeved polo tops and layered with raincoats. The preppy look was continued through “Howard” branded crewnecks and track pants, which blended comfort and cool for a serious study session. 

Howard University is a private historically Black research university founded in 1867, with the space aligning with Wales Bonner’s exploration of Black history. The collection served as “an imaginative encounter with the Howard Unoversity experience, a celebration of a shining lineage, in yearbooks from the 1990s, depictions of homecoming resound: hip-hop performances readings from the poets, international gatherings on the campus green.” 

When it came to the tailoring, Wales Bonner’s ongoing partnership with Saville Row Tailor Anderson and Sheppard was continued through loose cut suiting, boasting roomy book-carrying pockets that your professor would love. Underneath, collarless navy shirts featured exaggerated button detailing. Later womenswear looks saw jackets worn sans-shirt, showcasing Bonner’s ever-increasing womenswear range. 

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Knitted cardigans featured exaggerated collars, which extended to the collarbone and mirrored the movement of its wearer falling to just below the wait. Being paired with cargo trousers and stilettos ensured a more refined, after-class look. 

Checkered jackets were finished with “WB” branding, which was also seen across bomber jackets, and complimented with a matching hat, nodding to the sportswear-leaning looks seen on campus. Underneath, models wore long flowing shirting, which could be seen poking from beneath the hemline. The look was completed with black leather boots and accessorised with a small leather handbag. 

And, as with any Wales Bonner collection, all eyes were on the collaborations, and FW24 did not disappoint. The London-based designer’s fabled adidas collection was continued, and a snakeskin Superstar was the silhouette of choice. 

It marked a move from the Samba, which has been a best-selling chapter of the designer’s work with adidas. The partnership also comprised croc-leather mini bags which bore the Three Stripes Tre Foil logo, a heritage motif at home with Bonner’s nostalgic designs. The legendary Three Stripes sneaker was also joined by a collaborative Timberland Boot, anchoring the scholarly display with hip-hop style codes, with both the Shell Toe and Timberland boot being formative in early rap uniforms. 

Legendary rapper Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, collaborated with Bonner on the show soundtrack and rose to join the designer as she took her bow, incorporating live performance to what was already a highlight of the fashion schedule. 

For Fall/Winter 2024, Wales Bonner schooled us on style, elevating on-campus looks with its brand of luxury. It was a collection rooted in scholarly history that also explored how this can be presented through artistic mediums such as hip-hop, aligning with Wales Bonner’s culturally rich brand of luxury. 

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