The summer is flying by! We've said our goodbyes to London, Florence and Milan and have finally arrived at Paris' Fashion Week. The mens shows started out with a bang as Carven, Julius and Raf Simons showcased their RTW Spring 2014 collections. We're seeing inspiration from artists on the Riviera, bold prints and our very own 90s wardrobes, read on to see what the industry is throwing our way for Spring 2014.
Imagine what it would have been like to be a painter on the French Riviera in the 50s and you'll understand the inspiration behind Guillaume Henry's collection for Carven. The palate was colorful with natural undertones- clay orange, rain, river and sky inspired blues, moss green and lichen yellows. The pieces consisted of shorts in chambray and beige, lightweight tailored shirts, and simple straight cut jackets.
Tatsuro Horikawa, the designer behind Julius presented us with a collection that, due to its monochromatic nature could have been quite boring. But instead of falling asleep in our chairs we were happily slapped in the face by bold prints, delicate fabrics, interesting jackets, necks and tailoring. Pieces that shouldn't have gone together did so (and did so successfully); the oversized but fitted coats met cowl necks and harem pants to create a solid and minimalist collection.
Out of all the shows that debuted during the first night of Paris Fashion Week, Raf Simons' RTW'14 line was the most in-your-face. Many of the models had pop-like advertisements splashed on their shirts while others were wearing oversized polos and color-blocked jackets. The collection was reminiscent of a wardrobe that belonged to a child of the 90's and at many points we found ourselves wondering if Simons was directly channeling Cluelessthis is of course a compliment.
If this first day is any indication of what's to come in the following, we can honestly say we couldn't be more excited for the rest of the collections. Stay tuned for tomorrows recap and hit us up @wearethemarket with your thoughts, pics, and opinions of the shows.
(All photos via WWD)