Attending Men`s Fashion Week in Paris is much like being a part of the Olympics. Running from show to show in a high heel discipline, trying to catch the big prize by attending all the shows that create the most hype while beating your fellow fashionistas at styling the most ridiculous outfits.
Let`s take a look at the big winners from this seasons Autumn/Winter 2014 presentations…
From the first few runway presentations, it was obvious that these boys mean serious business. You don`t want to joke with their sense of style, a kick with these boots would require medical attention for sure. They can go from minimalistic with big platforms like the ones from Y Project or in colourful version at Kenzo to boots that resemble the skiing shoe, like the ones at Raf Simons. The style is not as important as the size itself. It’s going big or go home!
Menswear often finds inspiration among women and we can be pretty sure that`s what went down in this case. I don`t remember a show where I couldn`t spot an oversized coat, a jacket with volumized sleeves or a super long coat.
If you prefer manly cuts, then go for Melinda Gloss, if your style is rock glam then Saint Laurent is more up your alley. For classic visit Hermes and for a touch of feminine go for Kenzo. Personally, I love the urban look of Miharayasuhiro, fur accentuated coats from 22/04 Hommes and balloon ones from Thom Browne and Henrik Vibskov.
Wrapped In a Blanket
This one has to be one of my favourite trends since winter cold is my enemy number one. Forget about silk scarfs and the knitted ones, just wrap yourself in a warm cosy blanket. Sounds super awesome, right?! For inspiration take a look at the runway styling of autumn/winter 2014 collection of Boris Bidjan Saberi and Walter Van Bierendonck. Blanket scarfs are versatile and go with every style – spice up your suit with some colour or go dark and edgy with a classic black.
Probably one of the most basic pieces in every man`s wardrobe – the classic blazer, got a bit pimped up this season. The range of materials and textures really got our imagination going. This is the end of boring old textiles and colours that make you yawn. Rynshu took over the runway with metallic blue suits, blazers covered in flowers and rubber-like materials. 22/04 Hommes showed a jacket put together with two contrast colours and interesting new breasting. Valentino went for the classic shape but was impressed with the shiny deep blue colour.
Another one stolen from the girls? Runways this season was full of long shirts of all shapes and colours. A versatile piece that can be worn over leggings (yes, men wear leggings – just take a look at Walter Van Bierendonck and John Galliano) or leather pants. I`m interested to see how this trend will translate to the streets.
For reference take a peek at John Galliano and his version of a sporty tunic, Rick Owens and his strong leather pieces and Tilmann Lauterbach for poncho inspired tops. It has become obvious men are taking Fashion Week by the storm and the collections presented are making statements as strong as the ones women seem to adore.
There`s no shame in saying I would love to adopt some of the trends presented on Men`s Fashion Week in Paris.