Paris Men’s Fashion Week premiering the Fall/Winter ’16/17 collections just concluded. The event went on for 5 days, with many ‘Fashion Week’ things to happen during the shows. If you missed out, here’s what’s to know:
1. Raf Simons’ first show since departing from Dior: Designer Raf Simons’ has had has own men’s line for quite a while, long before he even worked for Jil Sander. Four years ago he was announced as the Creative Designer of Dior, creating 6 collections a year for the label, apart from 2 for his namesake menswear label. At Paris, this time around, we first see Simons’ since his departure from Dior.
2. Balmain’s Star Studded Model Clan: If there ever were the male equivalent of Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne, it would be Jon Kortarjarena, Marlon Teixeira and Sean O’Pry. Olivier Rousteing has yet again managed to gather the biggest names in men’s fashion and have them showcase his latest collection for Balmain.
3. Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Visual Artist and Illustrator, Gordon Flores: Gordon Flores created a range of graphic statue head sketches as prints for Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter ’16/17 collection and has been personally thanked by Louis Vuitton’s menswear Artistic Director, Kim Jones.
4. Valentino explores the ‘tribal’ side of fashion: Formulating in a most Valentino of fashions, the maison turns to a more widler, tribal sense of fashion for Fall/Winter ’16/17 collections, featuring aztec prints, heavy denim on denim and tie-dye prints.
5. Hybrid duality at Dior Homme: “The idea of ‘the hybrid’ is instrinsic to the collection,” says Kris Van Assche. “Today, people don’t just fit on the box, they fit into many and all at once.”
6. Alessandro Sartori reinvisions fall for Berluti: There is a touch of femininity in Berluti’s Fall/Winter ’16/17 collection, but more inspiration owing to spring, with soft colours of lavender, pink and green. The colours have a smoker-somber effect neutralising the garment and making it more wearable for men.
7. A new playful side at Hermès: Véronique Nichanian, dubbed as the high priestess at Hermès tackles the issue of severity at the maison and with a few colour bursts and prints brings out the playful side, in a rather serious brand. We’re very excited to see this touch of whimsy at Hermès, really looking forward to more.
By Pavan Premaney