Those Gallic gents across the Channel certainly know how to dress. Paris Fashion Week started last week with fashion hottie Marc Jacobs presenting his main line collection. Shunning almost every emerging trend we’d seen so far, Jacobs displayed a more toned down offering. Panama hats and a high presence of suiting gave the collection a 1940s vibe and eventually, the neutral palette made way for some brighter colours, firstly in the form of a beautiful rose coloured blazer and then a beautiful blue silk jacket. Print featured throughout the collection on shorts, trousers and in clashing two piece suits. We can see the High St replicas being drawn up right now.
When your best friend is Lady Gaga it’s easy to be considered slighly eccentric. At Mugler, Nicola Formichetti showed some impressive pieces. Black and white featuring heavily with bursts of tangerine and gold, each garment laser-cut with certain sections missing and models in black stockings and knee-length tunics. Certainly one for the fashion forward, if that’s not you we suggest you stick to the Mugler fragrances.
At Dior, Kris Van Assche was feeling particularly nautical. A palette of white, navy blue and pale grey created a wearable collection. Classic shapes and double-breasted jackets were updated by removing the sleeves making the pieces much more edgy and on trend; Donatella Versace showed sleeveless pieces as part of her collection in Milan the previous week.
Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton had obviously had the same idea as Kris Van Assche as he too sent a naval-inspired collection down the Paris runway. Double-breasted jackets, white, navy and anchors were again present but the introduction of yellow, taupe and zips gave this offering much more of a ‘utility’ feel.
As the men’s fashion week closed, some clear trends emerged but one thing is for sure; the fashion industry thinks that men now need to be more daring, not afraid of print and certainly Spring Summer 2013 is a colourful one.