Paris Men’s Fashion Week Part 2

Sebastian Meunier’s collections for Ann Demeulemeester never cease to amaze us with their consistency. This season was no different, as the AD boys walked the catwalk in signature style. Cozy, thick wool turtle neck sweaters were worn underneath black vests paired with white floral skinny pants. Silk viscose patched black boots permeated the earlier looks, including the aforementioned. A contrast was observed between flowing, wide cut pants — some in the same white floral pattern, others of more monochromatic permutations — and the fitted, ribbed sweaters tucked into them. Long denim coats were seen over fuzzy, extended, horizontally striped mohair button downs and black suede boots with tassels following behind them.


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Fashion duos of the breed of Kris Van Assche and Mauricio Nardi for Dior Homme are arguably the bread and butter of building — or in this case, maintaining — a brand’s image; and in this day and age when consumers are constantly searching for the “it” brand, image is every thing. Assche and Nardi seem to share an appreciate for youth culture, something found in a plethora of other successful designers (read: Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, Raf Simons, Gosha Rubchinskiy, etc). Unfortunately, Dior is a classic house that this skate infused youth culture message may be lost upon. Models were sent out with thick, almost all-encompassing scarves covering their faces. Pants were cut almost painfully wide and shown with equally strange bow-accompanied button downs. Nails were painted black and slim pants were given a twist with all-over paint-brush patterns.


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Hermès is, without a doubt, THE luxury brand. Every single other brand in the market dreams of being as desired as Hermès. No bag comes close to the prestige a Birkin holds. This collection presented, in true Hermès style, a plethora of elevated staples. There were no crazy, oversized, overextended, over fabricated pieces. Just clean, fine garments easily integrated into the every day man (or millionaire’s) wardrobe. Sneakers were paired with khaki chinos and half zipped bombers to inject a dose of casualness into the elegant looks. Quilted beige sweaters were shown with neck-tied scarves and practical black trousers. Taking a page out of Fendi’s book, duffles came to life with wide, open grinned expressions adding a playful, edgy feature to the show.


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