Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Paris Menswear

In all, the Paris Menswear shows didn't excite me as much as that shown in Milan. Despite a schedule of some of my favourite designers (Viktor & Rolf, Raf Simons..), the overall feel was sombre, if not dull. You only need to compare Viktor & Rolf's Menswear to its fantastical Womenswear to see what I mean.

There were a few shimmering gems, however, amongst the grey and suiting...

Comme des Garcons
Look 4; peeking colour. Look 9; layered band tees and pinstripes. Look 17; cuffed balloon trousers.

Look 9; could-be-a-woman. Look 16; texture. Look 21; stained-berry-lips colour. Look 32; volume.

Raf Simons
Look 5; long-line knit. Look 12; softened shoulders. Look 22; graphic S&M.

Viktor and Rolf
Look 12; funnel neck. Look 17; untucked. Look 20; layers upon layers of wool. Look 33; trompe d'oeil peplum

Already from Milan, and now Paris, strong Menswear trends for Autumn/Winter 2011 are emerging and recuring through various high-profile collections. Most commercially viable is the untucked shirts seen at Bottega Veneta, Viktor and Rolf, and Comme des Garcons. I'd love to see those loose, almost Palazzo, trousers from Lanvin, Comme DG and Dior (not shown in this post) filter down too. Yet, like those stabs in the dark by various designers at a mens skirt, I don't believe there will ever be a moment for truely feminised menswear. Despite its beauty.

Much I-Want-A-Parisian-Man Love, Tasha X

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