Paris Fashion Week Men was full of newcomers and innovation, but also saw presentations from some iconic long surviving brands kickstarting their image with innovative new collections for next season.
Long standing independent label, Agnès B, is iconic for her lounge style and her collection mixed everything she loves from art, film, music and ethicality, with some great graphic prints. Her catwalk was a fantastic mix of models, artists, actors, comedians and people from her atelier – proof that she designs for all men.
Officine Générale has got to be my go-to, no-nonsense label for style, elegance and ease. The famous seamless knit popped this season in blues and reds, and I adored the pant styles with perfect faded denim cut-off hems. A new expansion into accessories featured a reinterpreted 90’s Mexican police boot and a gorgeous velvet pair of slipper styles. And don’t get me started on the womenswear.
At Rynshu, designer Masatomo Yamaji is all about luxury and innovative fabrics with a rock silhouette. I was transfixed by some interesting pants that looked distressed, but on closer inspection, were actually adorned with patches of embroidery, which was echoed on shoes and boots. And oh, that patchwork taffeta jacket, with its glittering material that shone under the twinkling lights of the chandeliers at the Hotel Meurice
Paris has a bit of everything, from sartorial style to urban streetwear, and off course the glorious showrooms of the labels that come for buyers – heaven!