Jen Su

Paris is not just hosting the Summer Olympics this year; it’s also the epicenter of an unparalleled celebration of sport and fashion. Vogue World Paris 2024 brought together top designers, athletes, and celebrities in a spectacular fashion show at Place Vendôme, marking a century of style and athleticism

Paris is abuzz with fashion and Olympic frenzy! For the third time after 1900 and 1924, it’s hosting the upcoming Summer Olympic Games which kicks off on July 26th.

Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour at Vogue World Paris, Place Vendôme. Photo: Getty Images.

To celebrate the Olympics, as well as 100 years of sport and fashion, Vogue Magazine held Vogue World Paris 2024, in the heart of the city’s fashion district of Place Vendôme.

This epic fashion extravaganza featured over 500 people in a montage of top designer collections featuring top athletes, celebrities, models, and personalities in the entertainment industry — everyone from Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, to Ashley Park, Sabrina Carpenter, Bad Bunny, to NFL (US National Football League) star quarterback Joe Burrow — celebrating haute couture from Schiaparelli, Dior, Chanel, Balmain, and dozens of other designers.

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour greeted celebrities and guests at Vogue World Paris 2024. Photo: Jen Su.

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who is the brainchild behind fashion’s biggest night, the Met Gala in New York — outdid herself with Vogue World, held in the middle of the ultra-posh Place Vendôme on a glorious day with golden sunshine and a soft, gentle breeze.

Former editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful OBE, chats with Nigerian Mmodel Mary Timms, at The Ritz Hotel Paris for Vogue World. Photo: Jen Su.

Earlier in the day, a select group attended an exclusive breakfast at The Ritz with fashion icons including former British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful; Nigerian model Mary Timms; fashion influencer Bronwyn Newport of Prêt à New Porter; film director Raymond Lawrence Sullivan, who is preparing to shoot “My Favorite Season” at September’s Paris Fashion Week; Christos Garkinos of Covet by Christos; and designer Rolland Ryan.

(Photo Carmelo Anthony)

American basketball star Carmelo Anthony wears a colourful outfit by South African designer Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa Africa, at Vogue World Paris. Photo: Jen Su.

I also spotted American basketball star Carmelo Anthony wearing Laduma Ngxokolo’s MaXhosa Africa collection from South Africa. MaXhosa just opened a new boutique on 325 Canal Street in New York City, and his brand has been worn by notables such as former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys.

Jen Su with Senegalese model and designer Alioune Badara Fall.

I also loved the energy of model and designer Alioune Badara Fall, named “Best Dressed at Vogue World Paris” in an elegant grey linen/wool suit covered with engraved metal plates by Chinese designer Xander Zhou. Alioune is really taking off right now, and in my opinion is definitely One To Watch.

It was then off to Paris Haute Couture Week – I absolutely adored the Viktor & Rolf Fall Winter 2024-2025 collection. Right from there, it was over to the Gare du Nord station to catch the Eurostar to Bruges, Belgium.

At Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with Viktor & Rolf.

My key takeaways on visiting Paris during the Olympics:

1) Traffic gridlock is only going to get infinitely worse, with millions descending upon Paris during the Olympics, so allow yourself triple the amount of time you need to get places.

2) Be prepared for Metro station and road closures all around the city. Getting around on foot is your best bet to make it anywhere.  Make reservations and plan out your itinerary carefully.

3) Certain parts of the Eiffel Tower and certain areas of other tourist attractions will be closed off to photographers and visitors to the Olympics, so plan accordingly. Of course, you will still be able to visit, but allocate more time for potential unexpected logistics.

4) Pack light and use ballistic nylon bags to roll your clothes in. It is really hard to navigate around with a giant suitcase, especially on the Eurostar and on the bus and subway.

A design from Viktor & Rolf’s FW 24/25 Paris Haute Couture Week Collection. Photo: Getty Images.

5) Use public transport, trains, and walk as much as possible.  From the airport, take the RER B to get into the city centre, which costs just €11.80 per person and will potentially save you at least 45 minutes to an hour in extra traffic. Wear comfortable shoes and walk carefully on those cobblestones, especially when wearing heels.

6) Enjoy the wonderful people, food, wine, and the stunning scenery around you. Paris is my absolute favorite place on earth, and I’m so looking forward to the upcoming Olympics!