Fashion Week SS17 has spent the past few weeks taking the world by storm, starting in New York, before making its way to London, Milan and finally Paris. While it might have been the final of the big four cities to experience Fashion Week, Paris delivered consistent, high-energy shows that did not disappoint the eager crowds of A-listers.
This leg of Fashion Week was dedicated to menswear, although many shows sought to banish so-called gender norms and opt for an androgynous look. While there were consistent trends throughout the collections, each designer offered something completely individual to the show before.
To save you the hassle of sifting through countless websites, we’ve assembled a guide to the standout shows that have taken place in Paris over the past few days.
Kimye’s favourite fashion house never fails to disappoint and SS17 was no exception. Balmain’s collection incorporated a plethora of textures and colours with the label’s signature embellished apparel to create a tribal feel. Chunky, statement necklaces were utilised throughout the collection, specifically gold chains with large blue stones and long colourful tasselled pieces. Despite being a menswear collection, the SS17 Balmain squad included of some of the label’s favourite ladies such as Natasha Poly, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes.
There was plenty of hype surrounding the Balenciaga show, which was new creative director Demna Gvasalia’s debut menswear collection for the label. Balenciaga’s collection was decidedly different, taking the blurring of gender lines and androgynous dressing to the next level. Models wore high-heeled snakeskin shoes and knee-high boots paired with long, boxy suit jackets.
Haider Ackermann’s show has been held by many to be the standout show of men’s Fashion Week. Both men and women sported slicked-back hair and modelled an eclectic combination of tailored suits and long, loose silk apparel. Unique colour combinations and diverse prints and embroidery made Haider Ackermann’s collection a truly unforgettable one.
Lanvin’s collection took common trends, such as bomber jackets and heavily layered outfits, and added a unique twist that truly defied the rules of fashion. Horizontal stripes on vertical stripes, tartan on tartan, orange jackets with purple pants – Lanvin took almost every typical fashion-faux-pas and made it work.
Africa was undoubtedly a big influence on Louis Vuitton’s collection, driven in part by menswear designer Kim Jones’ upbringing in Kenya and Botswana. Men wore LV-printed chokers and brightly coloured mohair knits, as well as remarkable ostrich and croc leather bomber jackets. Tartan prints were also utilised throughout LV’s collection, a common trend at Fashion Week SS17.
Camouflage print has become a Valentino menswear classic, and the SS17 range did not stray from this signature look. The collection oozed Americana, consisting of oversized outwear in earthly colours, particularly army greens and browns. Jackets and bags were printed with an oriental-style jaguar and faded denim cowboy shirts had the pockets removed, giving the collection a rustic edge.
The Kenzo SS17 menswear range was designed to reflect New York club life, and consisted of clashing prints, oversized sunglasses, and high-waisted silk pants with elasticised waists.
Henrik Vibskov’s ‘Salami Kitchen’ was a standout show at Paris Fashion Week. Another designer to adopt the androgynous look, Vibskov’s collection undoubtedly sought to promote a more open, unrestrained and imaginative idea of how men should be dressed. Models wore a mixture of heavily patterned pants, shorts and skirts with knee-high socks, most of which featured salami prints. Oversized coats and tailored jackets were also utilised throughout the collection.
While many of the trends displayed at Fashion Week SS17 are likely to be slightly outlandish for your average man, it’s impossible not to appreciate the designers’ commitment to defying expectations and keeping the fashion world on its toes.