Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix and more get the shows rolling on a great note in Paris.
Inspired by the New York artist Antonio Lopez – specifically during Paris in the 70s and, according to WWD, the 80s when Lopez discovered Japan – Kim Jones showed his second menswear collection for Louis Vuitton. The show included graphic prints, chunky blanket-like outerwear, reflective fabrics, as well as more classic trim suiting.
While one would be hard-pressed to imagine him in any one of the sculpted looks that made their way down the runway, Fred Astaire proved to be inspiring for many of the shapes seen at Rick Owens' show. Most of the looks veered towards slim cuts with careful draping and droopy touches. Of particular note were high-waist pants…because after all why should women be the only ones who have to deal with making hard-to-pull off cuts work?
Could high-waist pants for men be an upcoming trend? Hard to imagine, but it seems to be the case going off of Phillip Lim’s collection. Also in the line-up were cropped one-arm sweaters and graphic knits, which will be equally hard to pull off for the average man. Luckily, Lim balanced the out-of-the-box designs with a variety of his signature sportswear looks including slim jackets and roomy overcoats.
Dries Van Noten
Dries Van Noten has long proven he’s a master when it comes to working with prints and colors and for his men’s collection this season those played in perfectly with his “psychedelic elegance” theme.
Dries Van Noten
Given that it succeeded in perfectly balancing fashion-forward interest with classic appeal, this season’s Sacha Walckhoff-designed Christian Lacroix menswear collection will no doubt have many weeping yet again about the demise of the storied couture house.