Here are the highlights of the Paris men’s fashion week for spring summer 2019. With debuts from Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton and Kim Jones at Dior.
Virgil Abloh’s first show for Louis Vuitton had a rainbow colour palette and catwalk. The first half of the show started with all white. We saw a double-breasted suit jackets in mohair, worn with two-pleat trousers, also on show was a white crocodile leather trench coat. The standouts were Wizard of Oz, Dorothy printed decorated jackets.
Maison Margiela were presenting it’s first full men’s Artisanal collection, the house reassessed the future of dressmaking in menswear. The colour palette for the show was white, off-white and black, along with turquoise, pink and red. Some materials used in the show were organza, chiffon, silk, tweeds along with bold materials like rubber, plastic and patent leather. John Galliano used the bias-cut to transform traditional tailoring into hyper-modern suits.
Issey Miyake Men
The collection showed the blurred lined between work and play. There were less voluminous shirts on show with more bolder patterns. A three piece zig-zag jacquard suit and multi-coloured knitted outerwear.
Named ‘Tower of Babel’ the show was staged in the courtyard of Palais de Tokyo. Some of the T-shirts had integrated scaffolding and contrasted with the more relaxed style of skirts and cut-offs in denim. At the end of the show, ponchos came with pole to be self assembled.
Kim Jones debuted as the new artistic director for Dior. At the show there were tailored pastel suits, also neon yellow. Floral prints, CD belt buckles, light cashmere and mohair suits and repeat logo lace vests were paired with pinstriped trousers and monogramed high-top trainers.
There was sharp tailoring and embroidery, trench coats came in vibrant colours. Some in traditional camel colour were split in half in a cape style hybrid with a black overcoat, waistcoats were also a key trend.
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