Monte-Carlo Fashion Week 2024: Sustainability and inclusivity steal the show

Monte-Carlo Fashion Week sustainability

2024’s Monte-Carlo Fashion Week proved that the event is about far more than couture and catwalks with a conscientious edition steeped in the themes of sustainability, inclusivity and diversity.  

Monte-Carlo Fashion Week (MCFW) came to a glamourous close on Friday 26th April after five days of catwalk shows, fashion pop-ups and thought-provoking events and conferences.  

The programme of the event, which was officially held under the High Patronage of Princess Charlene of Monaco, wove together the latest trends and the hottest topics of the day, from the need to integrate better sustainability practices into the fashion world to the fight against violence against women.  

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Among the highlights of MCFW 2024 was a live interview with Federico Marchetti, the founder of the Yoox Net-a-Porter group, the president of the Sustainable Markets Initiative Fashion Task Force founded by King Charles III and a member of the Board of Directors of Giorgio Armani. He shared his personal insights into fashion’s evolving role in the field of sustainability with the Monaco Economic Board’s Justin Highman at the Yacht Club de Monaco.  

Marchetti was later presented with the Positive Change Award at the MCFW Awards Ceremony.  

Italian-Haitian fashion designer Stella Jean used the event’s platform to showcase her latest collection, created in collaboration with Umbria, as well as unveil Haiti’s Olympic uniforms, which will be worn at the upcoming Paris Games.  

Gracey Owusu-Agyemang also presented her newest collection, which has won her the Sustainable Emerging Designer Award. A luxe anthology of Afro-Asian designs, it was produced in conjunction with Dijágo Studios and Khudija Zaib. 

Federica Nardoni Spinetta, the founder of MCFW, introduced her pioneering Beach & Cashmere Monaco collection that was created with sails recycled from the Yacht Club de Monaco, hitting home the festival’s overarching themes of the circular economy and sustainability.  

Other hits from the week included: the Victoria Silvstedt by Marli Dresses collection; the show by elegant Sicilian brand A’Biddikkia, whose pieces evoked distant lands; Japanese designer Mami Okano, with her elegant Eastern-inspired couture; the new collection from Monaco’s own Leslie Monte-Carlo; and a range of beautiful lingerie pieces from Les Dessous de Monaco, which were all made here in the Principality.  

“We are proud to have supported Monegasque brands and for having offered the creators and international personalities of the fashion the Principality of Monaco as a prestigious stage to present their collections and as a platform to discuss the importance of sustainable and circular fashion,” said Nardoni Spinetta.

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Federico Marchetti with Federica Nardoni Spinetta. Photo courtesy of MCFW