Jul 1 2013
It’s time to say goodbye to Paris Fashion Week. The best was undoubtedly saved for last as a bevy of menswear’s trendsetting designers and brands took center stage, continuing to redefine and change the scope of menswear. Four of menswear’s hottest and most sought after buzz brands closed out the week in style and left us begging for more. We still can’t wait for it to be 2014, but for now we’re forced to watch.
For SS14, Lanvin’s menswear designer, Lucas Ossendrijver, pondered what is considered formal and informal. Instead of seeking answers, he made decided for himself with this athletic, yet tailored collection that takes a few cues from skate culture. The collection became progressively sporty and ended with a string of tanktop looks.
Paul Smith never fails at producing a lighthearted collection. For SS14, he takes his line to the 1970s with flamboyant, psychedelic colors, prints, and patterns. A very eccentric collection that only Smith can put together.
Thom Browne is one of the few, if not, the only designer that has successfully integrated fantasy into American style. The two-time CFDA Award winner put together a collection that can wardrobe a live version of March of the Wooden Soldiers. Browne looked to British and French uniforms from the 18th century, and surprisingly, the outcome looks like designs for today’s marching bands and stewardesses complete with frilly ankle socks and red lips.
Did we get Rick Rolled during Saint Laurent’s SS14 show? Hedi Slimane has never hid his love for music, and for SS14 he shows his range of musical tastes. “Femboys” hit the runway for Slimane’s traditional punk, glam rock show, but this time it was less grungy and more glamourous. Slimane turned to Teddy Boys of the 1950s for his SS14 collection- slicked hair, slightly oversized jackets, skinny jeans and skinny ties.
Prints were all over, vibrant colors gave brands new life, and traveling became a central theme for the SS14 collections. Paris Fashion Week was all hits and no misses as several designers put their best foot forward for their debuts and returning shows. Though Paris was amazing, it shouldn’t take away from Milan and London that continues to push the boundaries of tailoring and graphics, respectively. Now that the weeks are entirely finished, we’ll get our shopping lists ready for year when these collections hit stores.
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(Photos via WWD)