January 21, 2013

Best Of Paris Men’s Fashion Week (I)

Find out the stylistic directions prepared by designers for the Fall/Winter 2013 season, by staying tuned to the Best Of Paris Menswear Fashion Week series:


Embarking on a mission to ”transform the ordinary into extraordinary”, designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri have created for Valentino Menswear a collection which brings to mind the idea of couture. Having as inspiration the city of London, menswear couture’s mother-town, along with a Sixties influence, the designer duo imagined a series of refined pieces – suits, straight-cut trousers, elegant coats, even capes – with an air of sophisticated aristocracy.

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Raf Simons

For his Menswear F/W 2013 show, Raf Simons created a collection in which the masculine silhouette was redefined. Stepping away from slim-fit trousers and fitted blazers, styles that are very popular on the runways this season, Simons imagined a series of slouchy, loose silhouettes – pants with hems that go way below the ankle, touching the ground, unbuttoned sleeves, collars in disarray – with a strong dandy accent.

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Bomber jackets, cushioned vests, aviator jackets – Nicola Formichetti’s collection for Mugler Menswear had a very distinct military note, which the designer sweetened with accents of bright colour, in the form of a set of suits in vivid tones of blue and neon pink, or acid green nylon inserts, which ave the entire line-up a playful, almost dandy vibe.

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For the Carven Menswear F/W 2013 show, designer Guillaume Henry fused together two concepts which at first thought have no apparent link – the office look and the ski attire – resulting in a collection as bizarre as it is sophisticated. Henry paired business-like jackets, knitted mohair sweaters and coats with fur lined collars with 3/4 pants, a trouser style popular on the ski slopes in the Fifties, worn at the time with knee-high wool socks.

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Christian Lacroix

With accessories such as glasses resembling protection goggles and lunch boxes covered in denim, paired with pieces such as pants or overalls with a print imitating accidental paint stains, the models stepped out onto the Lacroix F/W 2013 runway in a line-up that suggested ”worker chic”. The pieces, looking like they came out of a fashionable industrial building site, were put together by designer Sasha Walckhoff with a series of more sober looks, such as slim-fitted suits with an elegant air.

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For even more shows, check out Best Of Men’s Paris Fashion Week (II), Best Of Men’s Paris Fashion Week (III), Best Of Men’s Paris Fashion Week (IV). and Best Of Paris Men’s Fashion Week (V).

Photos courtesy of: style.com, wwd.com, gq-magazine.co.uk