Paris men’s fashion week has once again taken centre stage, featuring a lineup of runway shows and drawing in a notable crowd from the celebrity world. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Jared Leto, Kim Kardashian, Lewis Hamilton and Maluma were among the high-profile attendees who graced the iconic events. From daring designs to exquisite craftsmanship, here are some of my favourite collections from the week.
JW Anderson captivated the audience, drawing inspiration from the concept of a child camouflaged within their home’s interiors. Traditional upholstery fabrics were transformed into unconventional sweaters and shoes, influenced by Georgian chair legs. This creative approach added an element of surprise and imaginative storytelling, making it a standout on the runway. I hope to see more of this whimsical childish style in upcoming runways; it’s never boring.
Pushing the boundaries of gender-fluid fashion with daring and innovative designs is Botter. Their collection featured crochet tops paired with bralettes, along with three-dimensional knitwear and elegant white shirts with draping details, creating a distinctive and avant-garde aesthetic that challenges tradition. The collection had no lack of colours or patterns that’s for sure.
In addition, Louis Vuitton paid homage to its iconic Damier chessboard pattern in a bold and captivating collection. Glitch camo prints in an array of colours, adorned oversized tailored suits, metallic bomber jackets, and graphic shirts graced the runway. Pharrell himself was seen wearing a pixel camo suit during the show and at his afterparty performance with Jay Z.
Taking place on one of Paris’ busiest bridges, The Pont Neuf set the tone for the LV show. Not only did guests line the sides of the runway, but they also sat on bateaux mouches boats along the river Seine after boarding near Musée d’Orsay. On top of all of this, The Voices of Fire, a live gospel choir debuted a new single produced with Pharrell called “Joy (Unspeakable)”.
Fusion of Tradition and Modernity
Dries Van Noten presented a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary elements. Such as colour-blocked pieces, streetwear-infused shorts and joggers, and unexpected combinations of vibrant colours. Showcasing a fusion of classic and modern influences seamlessly. The collection offered a fresh and dynamic perspective while retaining the timeless elegance that is synonymous with the brand.
Returning to its roots, Givenchy celebrates the brand’s signature silhouettes and structures. Crested knits, sweatshirts, and fitted polos were paired with wide-legged cargo pants and technical vests, emphasising functionality and adaptability. Moreover, the focus on clean lines and versatility showcased the brand’s commitment to refined craftsmanship.
We all know the quiet luxury stealth wealth craze by now – which Hermès unsurprisingly embodied it in their SS24 show. The collection showcased technical fabrics, lightweight shirts, see-through jackets, and oversized pleated trousers. The designs exude effortless elegance and a sense of lightness through thin layers.
Overcoats, tweed blazers, and loafers. Dior explicitly pays tribute to its heritage with a collection that celebrated iconic silhouettes and patterns. Adorned with an array of oblique patterns, demonstrating a classic and timeless style that resonates with the brand’s rich history.
Comparatively, Paul Smith brought a fresh and youthful approach to the runway with workwear-inspired two-piece ensembles and playful takes on formalwear. The collection featured a colour palette dominated by earthy tones with pops of vibrant colours, infusing energy and vibrancy into the designs.
Likewise, Jonathan Anderson incorporated glitter accents into his Loewe collection, adding a touch of glamour. Crystals adorning pants, blazers and polos lend a hand to creating captivating and sophisticated looks – as can be seen below.
Bridging Styles and Influences
Kenzo’s collection merged tailored suits and formal wear, bridging East and West influences. The collaboration with Verdy brought an especially exciting element to the brand. Combining both unique perspectives and creating a harmonious blend of styles. While the collection showcased creative elements, it leaned more towards a conventional style.
And finally, drawing inspiration from Jamaican musician Lee Scratch Perry, Bianca Saunders has created a collection that reflects relaxed sophistication. The use of hopsack textile, resembling denim, produced button-up shirts and trousers in neutral shades, creating a sense of ease and comfort. Wide-leg trousers and asymmetrical cuts in oversized vests added an avant-garde touch to the overall aesthetic.
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