After the hype of yesterday—by which we mean, Virgil Abloh’s debut at Louis Vuitton—day three of Paris Fashion Week Men's felt like a breather; less noise and commotion outside the shows, which in turn, let everyone focus on the clothes sent down the runway. Highlights were Junya Watanabe Man, Cerruti 1881, Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, and hands down the best outing for the day, Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton.
Read our 10-word show reviews below—and listen to our audio reviews—for a summary of all the sartorial action.
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Junya Watanabe Man
Designer: Junya Watanabe
10-word review: Seaside military with harnessed front packs over Breton striped shirts.
Favourite look: For something more dressed down, the simple yet effective pairing of a grey and white striped long-sleeve top in look 6 with a flak jacket, featuring multiple patch pockets and finished with tailored wool bermudas. And for something less provincial, but still very weekend, look 36 with its brown checked zip blouson featuring patch elbow and shoulder detailing, worn handsomely with green linen trousers. Both ensembles exemplify utilitarian and practical everyday apparel, but elevated with a masculine military edge.
Favourite accessory: The caps worn by the models during the finale—available in red, blue, black and khaki—bearing the slogan ‘International Rescue’.
Designer: Jason Basmajian
10-word review: Nino Cerruti’s elegant house codes transported to modern day Japan.
Favourite look: There are some great and wearable suits from Cerruti 1881 for spring/summer 2019—check out the olive DB worn with a black singlet in look 3, and for something more Miami Vice, the striped camp-collar shirt layered over the lapels of a seafoam-coloured suit in look 29. But for something a little different, try on the elongated peak lapel blazer worn over a Harrington-style stand-up collar shirt in look 23; the bounce and interplay of the two collars when in motion really work to accentuate the neckline and shoulders.
Favourite accessory: Those circular shades; especially the ones in tortoiseshell.
Comme des Garçons Homme Plus
Designer: Rei Kawakubo
10-word review: Highly layered conceptual suiting with bite—ruched, patchworked and fringed.
Favourite look: There’s definitely something in the water. We saw rainbow pop up yesterday at Issey Miyake Men, dominate the runway at Louis Vuitton, and then slathered across the entire collection at Dries Van Noten. Well, Rei Kawakubo has now joined the foray, sending out a frayed and fringed blazer-and-bermuda combo in look 29 with multi-coloured vertical stripes. Go big or go home.
Favourite accessory: How could we pass up the stacked gold chain necklaces, complete with life-like animal jaws, that closed the show? Fashion with teeth.
Designer: Sarah Burton
10-word review: Sarah Burton is totally killing it at Alexander McQueen. Okay, if you want something actually descriptive of the collection, then: Painterly portrayal of hybrid suits, spliced coats, and Perfecto jackets.
Favourite look: There was so much to love (and thus buy, come September) from Sarah Burton’s spring/summer 2019 collection for McQueen. But forced to pick one exit, it would have to be look 4 with a khaki gabardine trench coat—slashed in half to resemble a capelet-cum-bolero jacket—and worn over a square-shouldered black double-breasted pinstripe suit with a nipped waist. Notice how the slash cuffs of the blue and white striped shirt peeks out from under the blazer cuff? Winning in life.
Favourite accessory: The optic white chisel-toed boots with an angular block heel and finish. Industrial yet cerebral.
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