The boys' fashion shows continue in Paris for another busy 5 days! The first day of Paris Men's Fashion Week feature shows from Band Of Outsiders, which is the fashion industry's longest ever fashion show - the models changing every 45 minutes - be sure to check that out, if you have time, Hardy Amies, the ever-bold John Lawrence Sullivan, and the futuristic Tillmann Lauterbach and Y Project.
My favourites from the day included Christian Lacroix, Mugler and the new Creative Director for Dior, Raf Simons.
Christian Lacroix SS13
Block colour, geometric print and modern tailoring combine to create what is Christian Lacroix's latest collection. It is evident that even the Sports Luxe trend has seeped into the outfits, with utility sneakers replacing what would usually be a polished dress shoe or the like with the outfit. Minor details are given extra attention to, and add that needed dynamic touch, with the tweaking of the classic trench coat belt, by wrapping it around the torso and then under the left side and in the trousers, the belt loops are lifted above the waistline. This collection is a far cry from Christian Lacorix's Fall/Winter 2012 collection, an indication of the versatility of the label.
Raf Simons SS13
The new Creative Director for Dior and most likely the biggest rival to Hedi Slimane (who has recently taken over direction of Yves Saint Laurent, now Saint Laurent Paris), Raf Simons, has presented a collection that is truly his own vision. The collection caters to different tastes within the same stream of fashion, with regal tartan coats for the more classic man, alongside tessellated print blazers and shirts for the modern minimalist, and anime and illustrated print oversize shirts for the eccentric. Once again the monochromatic and sports luxe trend are present in his collection, with sneakers bumping off the usual dress shoe. If Raf's menswear collection is this good, I cannot wait to see his first Haute Couture collection for Dior!
Nicola Formichetti's collections for Mugler never cease to amaze me, and how he has the time to design outfits for Lady Gaga and run his own streetwear brand, Nicopanda, I will never know. Nicola has stayed true to Thierry Mugler's love of careful and precise cuts within the garments, and this dynamic detail goes down right to the shoes. A perfect colour palette encompassing black, whites, champagne and pastels bring down the vividness of recent Spring/Summer collections, most notably Spring/Summer 2012, but iridescence does make an appearance once again, with oil slick dress shoes and iridescent belts being part of the collection. The combination of body hugging yet relaxed fits show off the male form without changing the silhouette and relying on simplicity, which Nicola has always been an expert at.
All images courtesy of Fashionising