January 21, 2013

Best Of Paris Men’s Fashion Week (II)

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:

3.1 Philip Lim

With a strong biker accent, the 3.1 Philip Lim F/W 2013 collection included leather pieces with a tough edge, prints imitating the image of multiple overlapped zippers, over-the-ankle boots, straight-cut jackets and loose sweatshirts, forming a suite of extremely masculine looks.

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Issey Myake

For his F/W 2013 show, Issey Myake blended together innovative techniques, such as including in his clothes the fabric used for making emergency blankets, with traditional techniques, such as sakiori, a technique used in the past to process argyle, which he used to create new clothes out of leftover fabrics from his past collections. The result? A collection in which the past blends harmoniously with the future, for an extremely fashionable outcome.

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Rick Owens

Fr this season, designer Rick Owens offered his collection a strongly youthful vibe, in the form of A-line silhouettes balanced out by loose sleeves, for a masculine look. The waists accentuated by belts reminiscent of martial arts attire contributed to the collection’s air of freshness.

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Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton F/W 2013 show merged the traditional craftsmanship of the house with the idea of extravagance, which also happens to be a signature f the brand. Kim Jones, the Menswear creative director for Louis Vuitton, aimed to introduce the house’s signature element – the art of creating leather bags – into clothing. The result? A collection abundant in luxury and masculinity, in which coats were embroided with animal print through the needlepoint technique and cocoon-coats were manufactured out of a single piece of fur.

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Viktor & Rolf

A chromatic palette dominated by black and white, with occasional inserts of green, anthracite red or brown, trompe l’œil effects in the form of satin imitating leather, fine stripe prints with a hallucinating effect, marble-like prints – all were present in the Viktor & Rolf Monsieur F/W 2013 collection,. For a fresh and youthful result.

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Jean Paul Gaultier

Stepping away from the traditional structure of a fashion show, the Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 2013 show presented the clothes in a different manner – the models stepped out in neon-lighted cubes reminiscent of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, taking off some of the clothes to reveal the ones worn underneath. The pinstripe suits, turtlenecks and straight-cut trousers – all recurring elements of Gaultier’s shows, were present as well for this season’s line-up.

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Yohji Yamamoto

In his usual eccentric manner, Yohji Yamamoto sent down the runway, for his F/W 2013 Menswear collection, models decked out in jeckets with off-centre buttons, giant lapels and ultra-loose pants, along with a series of outfits inspired by traditional Scottish attire, such as pullovers (worn over suits), kilts and even a suit in Scottish tartan.

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Dries Van Noten

”Nothing is what is seems” said designer Dries Van Noten in the bckastage of his Fall/Winter 2013 show. Thus, the leather pants with stud appliqués weren’t in fact leather, but denim painted to look like leather, the pyjama-looks weren’t in fact pyjamas, but daywear pieces with a hint of glamour, and the pieces resembling bath or house robes were in fact coats that provided the lie-up with a playful edge.

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For even more shows, check out Best Of Men’s Paris Fashion Week (I), 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, gq-magazine.co.uk