De Paris au monde: The best of Paris Fashion Week Mens
The northern hemisphere summer is strictly reserved for men’s fashion. Having already seen the best looks at London Collection Mens and fresh off last week’s Pitti Uomo trade showcase, Parisian-based designers finally had their chance to show their latest couture. On this year’s à la carte menu you’ll find some of France’s premiere designers:
Head designer and founder Alexandre Mattiussi is best known for his subtle, street-savvy style. Having worked at Dior, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs, Mattiussi is interested in a “…real proposition of real clothes for a real man.” This year’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection boasted bursts of bold colour amongst English Bowler shirts and Japanese Nylon Knits and was a strong showing from the Parisian designer.
The world’s most valuable luxury brand again bedazzles this years’ Men’s collection in Paris behind head designer Kim Jones. Never afraid to incorporate colour into his work, this years’ collection boasted colorful oversized shirts, a monochrome Louis Vuitton day bag and long draped outerwear.
From stocking past-season designer items from the likes of Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh, Stéphan Ashpool quickly moved to producing his own clothing line buffered by art collective Pain O choKolat and Le Pompon nightclub. The regular Nike collaborator has chosen to incorporate iridescent fabrics, transparent textiles and mercurial patterns for his Spring/Summer 2018 collection.
The men’s division of Maison Dior headed by Kris Van Assche brought the same high-level attention to tailoring, design and contemporaneous styling that has been the watermark of his 10 year tenure at the luxury fashion house. This years’ SS18 collection uses the Black Suit Jacket as a canvas for experiential tailoring and shows off Van Assche panache for the suiting tradition.
Another important faction in France’s fashion elite, Hermès buckled under the growing tide of street wear popularity. Their iteration of the SS18 showcased a line of track pants, a patented Toilbright fabric, lambskin/cashmere overcoats and oversized hoodies.