All the hot and fashionable men were in Paris a couple weeks ago for the Spring/Summer 2016 menswear shows which amazing shows from some of our favorites designers like Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Dior Homme, Louis Vuitton, Olivier Rousteing’s first menswear collection for Balmain and many more.
Of course I have my favorite pieces and looks from the shows and with each look that caught my fancy, I could only hope that the man of my dreams would be have enough style to transform some of these runway looks into real life handsomeness!
Dior’s collection featured neat, precise button up shirts underneath jackets, parkas and coats and trousers paired with trainers for a playful subversion. Argyll patterned knits met camouflage, floral patterns, checks and yellow red and blue popped against the classic blues, white, black and beige.
Calvin Klein showed us timeless style with this clean and sophisticated Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Dubbed Graphic Heatwave, the collection featured denim, tees, jackets and chinos styled in a classic and minimalist way. They are made modern and interesting with sheer panels, utility pocket, slim fits and and uncharacteristic circle of fabric attached at the waist of tops, like an odd belt. The designer’s barely there palm motif was inspired by L.A. artist Ed Ruscha’s palm trees.
Sandals and striped socks in the same palette of black, white, grey and sand finished the looks.
Riccardo Tisci is a very spiritual man and if you didn’t know this before, you now know via the Spring/Summer catwalk show of Givenchy. As the creative director of Givenchy, it was obvious that his inspiration was Jesus Christ. Jesus was on his catwalk depicted for being the famous prisoner of all time.
A thorn crowned Jesus was seen across T-shirts, sweatshirts, and men’s skirts and oversize tees. Jesus was also a shadow print on prison denims and overalls reminisced with prison.
Of important notice was also the collection’s signature embellishment which was a huge jailer’s key dangling round the models’ necks. Tisci used an assortment of plain, striped, sheer and denim fabric in black, blue and white hues for his creations.
For Neil Barrett, it was all about patterns. We see a fusion of camouflage, batik, nautical stripes, and keffiyeh checks, along with animal and kimono prints used to create cropped, cuffed pants worn with similarly patterned jackets, coats and knits with black, blue, white and grey forming the colour pool.
At Giorgio it was bare chests and waistcoats with silk scarfs for emphasis. Female models also showcased androgynous style comprising of blazers in pale colours and oversized pants worn with sandals and sneakers. The pieces come in soft palette of prints, check and leather complementing the loose, easy going shapes.
Is an Hermès outfit complete without a scarf? Not if the spring/summer 2016 collection is anything to go by. Scarves are worn with print bomber jackets, tailored pants and blazers and even worn casually around the neck on a bare chest with an unbuttoned jacket.
Paul Smith’s collection for SS16 is an eclectic mix of shimmery tailored pants worn with coloured , patterned and plain double breasted jackets of varying cuts, solid brights top and bottom, and giant ants crawling up pants. Colorful boots and statement bags punctuate the looks.
Which collections caught your eye?
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