From a new Nike shoe collab at Sacai and a rainbow lobster coat at Thom Browne, to water snake T-shirts at Hermès and lightweight tailoring at Dior under a KAWS BFF centrepiece made from 70,000 roses, it was another stellar day for #menswear at Paris Fashion Week Men's.
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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Designer: Chitose Abe
10-word review: Navajo meets urban nomad wearing Nike shoes in a nightclub.
Favourite look: Exit 4 with its generously cut stone-coloured cape boasting bold Navajo prints in sunray shades. Look closely and you’ll see that it has green side panels with snap button closures, allowing the wearer to access the front pockets with ease, and all worn with matching shorts and grounded with black lace-up boots.
Favourite accessory: Those Nike x Sacai shoes—both hi and low-top variations—with its colour-blocked vamps.
Designer: Thom Browne
10-word review: Playful clash of pastel patterns on supersized suits and coats.
Favourite look: That larger-than-life closing look of a floor-length camel coat with white piping embroidered with rainbow (there it is again; massive trend alert) lobsters. At the end of the show, the model removed the coat to reveal a white blazer similarly embroidered with rainbow lobsters, worn over a multi-patchworked gingham shirt finished with a navy tie bearing whale motifs. Then, the finale: models walking out in pairs and in matching blazers, holding hands or arms over each other, as a unified statement of LGBTQ equality.
Favourite accessory: Fancy a 6-inch platform brogue? How about leather bags crafted in the shape of a sausage dog or whale? Straw bowler hats with a pastel grosgrain ribbon, perhaps? Whatever your inclination, the accessories—like the collection—was infused with child-like joy; reminding us of the importance of imagination and play. But since my style preferences swing more on the conservative side, I’ll opt for the two-tone wingtips in lime green—fun, without being too ostentatious.
Designer: Kim Jones
10-word review: A reimagined and romanticised Dior under a KAWS BFF centrepiece.
Favourite look: A stunning debut by Kim Jones at Dior Homme with so many outstanding looks to choose from but, for sentimental value, we’re going with the opening look modelled by Prince Nikolai of Denmark—a nod to Kim’s late mother who was Danish. An elegant two-button double-breasted suit in cream, the blazer spliced with vertical panels of a grey-and-white pinstripe for the body and sleeves (as if the jacket was reversed to expose the linings) and overlaid with a translucent sky blue silk organza as an homage to the maison’s couture heritage and savoir-faire. However, for something that I can’t wait to wear next season, then it’s look 24: a blush pink DB with a cross-body strap (connecting the two lapels) worn with the new Dior sneakers. Take my money.
Favourite accessory: There were killer black nubuck desert boots fused with foam sneaker soles sporting a bright neon yellow heel, however, how could we pass up the leather accessories? For the first time, the Dior ‘Saddle bag’ for women has been reinterpreted for men. From backpacks—both standard and mini, and both crafted with straight backs—to crossbody and belt bags, the new Saddle bag for men was handsomely offered in a slate pebble grain leather held together with contrast white stitching. The desire is real. We’re no prophets, but we expect them to be waitlist-inducing hot sellers. Place your orders now.
Designer: Véronique Nichanian
10-word review: Lambskin suits and water snake garments executed with expert finesse.
Favourite look: The effortless charm of pairing a crew neck tee with a crisp pair of cotton serge white trousers in look 41; except in this case, the T-shirt is deftly crafted from panelled strips of water snake. Elegant, luxurious, and devastatingly chic.
Favourite accessory: Loved the weekender bags in a colourful bleed of turquoise and yellow as well as blue and purple, but the must-have accessory from the Hermès spring/summer 2019 collection has to be those H-styled leather sandals with a velcro-secured back strap available in white, chocolate and black. #Gorg
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