Paris Menswear round up

28 June 2010


We were pretty glued to the coverage of last week's Milan menswear week: Dolce & Gabbana's 20th anniversary show, the genius La Roux performance for Viktor & Rolf, not to mention all those covetable bits from Burberry, Cavalli and Prada that we could quite happily see in our own wardrobes! But onwards and upwards and now we're all in Paris where we’ve been faced with some pretty directional collections! Check them out...

Lanvin (top)

Lanvin menswear is designed by Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz and although the collection is made up of sleek, desirably modern suiting, the pair is keen that we notice the subtle sporty theme, which appears as nifty toggles and pockets as well as stretchy tops and knitted cycling shorts.

 

Jean Paul Gaultier

The brilliant JPG, who recently left his post at Hermes to concentrate on his own line, presented a collection that was both flamboyant and super manly all at once. Inspired by North Africa and featuring Djellabas and voluminous kaftans, we think these are more of a stylistic lift for the show, whereas the baggy pants and YSL style safari jackets were infinitely wearable.

 

John Galliano

The totally inspired Charlie Chaplin styling of John Galliano’s Paris menswear show was such a highlight for being clever and (thank goodness!) different. His super-low baggy pants linked with soft, tailored single breasted jackets looked great and you never know – maybe by next year there’ll be a full scale revival of the Charlie ‘toothbrush’ moustache!

 

Givenchy

Designer Riccardo Tisci over at Givenchy stunned onlookers with perhaps the most outrageous of collections this season. A flurry of the sharpest of sharp red carpet tuxes, bow ties and dress shirts were accessorized by... wait for it... gimp masks, more skirt/kilts than Marc Jacobs’ own walk-in wardrobe, dashes of leopard print and some fierce, bordering-on-cannibal-chic necklaces, designed to look like human vertebrae. Dead cool indeed!

- Naomi Attwood


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