Our favourite looks from Paris Men’s Fashion Week AW 15/16

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Another fashion week in Paris has concluded, the AW 15/16 took place just after the one in Milan and just before the fabulous and sophisticated Haute Couture.

Here are the  looks and designers that have topped our list of favourites.

1. Dries Van Noten

Inspirations from history and Eastern elements amalgamated together in Dries Van Noten’s AW 15/16.  Inspired by southern China’s Miao people, the collection’s decorated coats and shirts, which sported silver jewels and ornaments, highlighted the cultural heritage of Van Noten’s homeland, Belgium. Models wore quilted blazers layered over coats and apron-like kilts worn over trousers . An inspiring yet emotional collection that felt energetic and sophisticated.

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

2. Louis Vuitton

Artistic director Kim Jones paid tribute to British designer Christopher Nemeth, using four original prints from his archive as key motifs throughout the A/W 15/16 line-up. Hand-drawn rope-like patterns were exquisitely crafted onto outerwear, trousers and knits. Jeans were needle-punched with luxurious indigo cashmeres, and outdoor parkas were blocked with orange panels, epitomising the refined sportiness of the collection.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

3. Valentino

Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri took inspiration from the Ballet Russes in Paris and the Beat Generation in San Francisco. The designers joined forces with artist Esther Stewart, whose signature geometric paintings influenced graphic patterns on overcoats, bomber jackets and knitwear. Sharp tailored suits came in traditional heritage fabrics, luxurious shearlings elevated outerwear, and patch pockets decorated knits and coats.

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

4. Lanvin

Military and 1970s rock ‘n’ roll references mingled harmoniously throughout Lucas Ossendrijver’s new collection for the French label, with generous proportions and feminine elements dominating. Looks were layered beautifully: knits were worn over shirts, which were layered over knits, highlighting the 1970s vibe. Coats worn over parkas and bomber jackets over cropped styles cemented the idea of mixing sophisticated tailoring and casual functionality.

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

Lanvin

5. Kenzo

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s new collection fused London punk culture with this season’s outdoors theme. A gorgeous palette of olive green and earthy tones was enlivened by bright orange, silver, daring blues and berry tones. The designers explored the concept of survival – emergency blanket-style fabrics and safety slogans brought a humorous update to outerwear and knits.

Kenzo

Kenzo

Kenzo

Kenzo

Kenzo

6. Balenciaga

Taking inspiration from mineral landscapes and concrete, Alexander Wang presented a sharp collection of slick tailored pieces and neat wardrobe staples. Seamless constructions and hidden closures updated tubular coats, tailored separates and jackets, while artisanal techniques were used to elevate sweatshirts and other sporty items. The effect was minimalist and precise.

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

7. Kolor

A subtle folk flavour punctuated Junichi Abe’s latest offering. Wardrobe staples were updated with Native American-inspired and blanket-stripe patterns – a blanket coat had suede utility pockets patched on, while nomadic shawls were styled with matching knits in stripe and Navajo-style designs. Playful tailored suits and sweatshirts came in blocked colours and fabrics. Vibrant pumpkin orange and light blue enlivened the autumnal palette of grey and earthy tones.

Kolor

Kolor

Kolor

Kolor

Kolor

The ones to watch

22/04_Hommes blended whimsy and functionality in a beautiful collection inspired by Oscar Wilde’s style. Acne‘s straightforward shapes were cool and mildly subversive. Sacai played with shape and texture to create a collection of wardrobe staples with a twist. Études mixed playful prints and bold colours with tailoring and sportswear looks.

22/04 Hommes

Acne Studios

Sacai

Études

 

Photos: Vogue.com

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