July 5, 2013

Best Of: The Most Exquisite Shows Of Paris Menswear Fashion Week (II)

Let yourself be delighted by the most exquisite and the most spectacular creations by the top fashion designers of the moment, as seen at Paris Menswear Fashion Week:

Louis Vuitton

When it comes to traveling, Louis Vuitton is the label to, without a doubt, reign supreme over the art of luxury voyages. Kim Jones, creative director for the brand’s menswear line, has recreated for the Spring/Summer 2014 season, a voyage throughout America. Models stepped out onto the runway carrying exquisite leather suitcases, backpacks and travel bags printed with the label’s signature Damier motif, paired with a plethora of versatile looks – from semi-formal suits featuring micro square prints, to checked shirts and shorts, supple leather jackets, oversize shirts, utilitarian vests and coats and impeccable nighttime suits.

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Jean Paul Gaultier

Reinventing the stylistic codes of menswear is a signature element of Jean Paul Gaultier‘s aesthetic. Sweaters featuring cutouts on the chest area, fishnet knitwear, skorts (a hybrid piece between a skirt and shorts), busy floral prints and jackets with exposed seams, giving the impression that they are being worn inside out, made up the designer’s Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear collection, solidifying his status as l’enfant terrible de la mode.

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Yohji Yamamoto

What do you think of when you imagine the clothing of a nomad? Most likely, it’s a bunch of haphazardly-worn pieces. Yohji Yamamoto sees it however as a style statement, which he transposed into his Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Dusted colours, pieces featuring cutouts made to look like accidental rips, loose, roomy silhouettes and multiple carefully executed layering, added up to a show with a dash of eccentricity.

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Ricardo Tisci’s collection for Givenchy Menswear S/S 2014 merged two African-related elements. On one side, there’s the African-American culture, that, during the Nineties, made a style statement by layering clothes and blasting music on the street through shoulder-held boomboxes. On the other side, there’s the African influence in its purest form, illustrated through tribal-style prints (achieved through the visual manipulation of the image of the above-mentioned boomboxes), naked torsos and a stripe motif, rendered both on clothing and on the models’ makeup.

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John Galliano

A youthful atmosphere reigned supreme over the runway of Bill Gaytten’s Menswear S/S 2014 show for John Galliano. The designer created a line-up of looks rendered in bold colours – blinding yellow, cobalt blue, fiery orange – which he transposed onto oversize, roomy silhouettes, expertly manipulated so that, in spite of their exaggerated proportions, they carefully frame and sculpt the male body.

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