Black excellence takes center stage at Vogue World

Vogue World made a triumphant return to Paris Fashion Week, dazzling spectators with a fusion of fashion, sports, and cultural homage. The event at the Place Vendôme marked a historic celebration of a century of arts and sports, curated with meticulous detail by director Sam Wrench and hosted by the charismatic Cara Delevingne.

The evening was a tapestry of past and present, with each segment meticulously crafted to showcase the evolution of style from the 1920s to today. Creative genius Parris Goebel and makeup virtuoso Dame Pat McGrath ensured every detail was a testament to fashion’s enduring influence.

These iconic Black women graced the runway with performances while we were left in awe of their style choices. These are my favourites:

Aya Nakamura

Aya Nakamura via Instagram
Aya Nakamura via Instagram

French-Malian singer Aya Nakamura opened the show with a powerful rendition of her song “Fly.” Dressed in a stunning satin brown gown with off-the-shoulder tulle ruffles and a high-slit skirt, she mesmerised the audience with her look and sound.


Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

This custom Coach quilted leather moto dress was a delight to see on Normani, paired with a matching black leather jacket and studded Isabella platforms from the Coach Spring 2024 collection. Normani’s all-black leather Coach ensemble gave the audience a much-needed hit of dopamine that evening, her look being both edgy and elegant.

Teyana Taylor

Her performance brought the house down during the 1960s segment, which honoured the futuristic designs of Paco Rabanne and Courrèges. Dressed in a shimmering silver chain-link dress from Paco Rabanne, Taylor delivered a breathtaking dance performance that showcased her extraordinary talent and energy.

Serena and Venus Williams

The Williams sisters paid tribute to tennis and their influence on fashion at Vogue World. Venus, ever the eco-conscious trendsetter, wore a striking Marine Serre outfit made from recycled tennis bags, highlighting sustainable fashion. Serena dazzled in a custom Off-White dress by Ib Kamara, a poignant homage to the late Virgil Abloh.


The new mom graced the runway at Vogue World in a custom Givenchy ensemble, turning heads and exuding confidence. Her presence added an extra layer of star power to the event, as she effortlessly blended athleticism and high fashion.

Christina Milian

Christina Milan via Instagram
Christina Milan via Instagram

This black queen stunned in a navy blue long blazer dress with a button-down design that looked like she stepped straight out of the 80s. Styled by Daniel Chery for Vogue World 2024 Paris, Milian wore pieces from Alexis Mabille and MJ Jones paired with Sergio Rossi shoes, showcasing a perfect vintage and modern style blend.

Mary Timms

Nigerian model Mary Timms also graced the stage, captivating in an Emilio Pucci creation celebrating her unique style and heritage. Wearing a black bodycon dress with thigh-high slits and shoulder trims that cascaded down to her thighs, paired with a colourful scarf, Timms added an enriching layer to the evening’s diverse tapestry of talent and fashion.

The Black women at Vogue World 2024 came to show that they own fashion now and are instrumental in shaping its future. As Paris Fashion Week continues to push boundaries, Vogue World remains a pinnacle of innovation and cultural celebration, highlighting the transformative power of artistry and inclusivity on a global stage.

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