Paris menswear highlights

Paris Fashion Week menswear SS17 was inspired by the spirit of travel

Like Milan, Paris Spring Summer 2017 too was inspired by the spirit of travel, adventure and exploration. Louis Vuitton’s collection had a luxe nomad vibe while the new man at Balenciaga (label’s first runway menswear show) Demna Gvasalia showed exaggerated boxy suits. Bold and intense colour play was the main story at Issey Miyake, who was inspired by the festival of Holi, Balmain clashed lush orange with turquoise blue, cobalt blue with red while Paul Smith’s polo shirts and knits were a collage of primary colours.

Valentino
Inspiration: Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.”


Highlight: Camouflage prints, which have been the label’s mainstay were reinterpreted – splashed on top coats, jackets and parkas. Roaring jaguar prints gave the line an animalistic edge – seen on a camel coat and a varsity jacket. There were shirts with metallic holed collars, zippers running across the jackets and head-to-toe denim looks. Most of the ensembles were completed with a pair of white converse trainers.

Balmain
Vibe: Boho


Highlights: Olivier Rousteing turbo-charged his new collection with irresistible bling and luscious colour clash. Pale denim looks accented with fringed neckpieces started the line which led to silver mesh, olive green, embellished jackets and crochet separates. The Balmain man doesn’t shy away from sporting extra bling and wears crochet like an armour. Burnt orange, turquoise blue, fierce red, purple and solid blacks – spelled a decadent weekend in Marrakesh. The label’s signature tuxedo jackets layered over kurta shirts closed the show, which added to an evening finish.

Issey Miyake
Inspiration: Holi festival


Highlight: Easily one of the most wearable and easy-on-the-eye collection at Paris Fashion Week, the label looked at the vibrant India for inspo, though the style was Japanese. There were wide-cut tunics and comfy trousers in artfully crumpled fabrics. Pop of colour added to its allure – be it imperial blue or sulphur yellow or multi-hued marble prints.

Louis Vuitton
Inspiration: Africa, as the home of modern civilization


Highlight: The colour palette was dominated by Savannah-bleached shades and jackets gloried thanks to Saharienne detailing..The opening look – a beige trench in exotic animal skin was paired with a pair of cuffed trousers, sandals and a neck choker. Windowpane checks on suits, souvenir bombers, chevron and African prints were some of the other highlights exuding wanderlust and adventure.

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