Men’s Fashion Week in Paris has come and gone, making it the perfect time to review the highlights of the fall/winter 2013/2014 season. The overall mood of the collections was sombre, perhaps still reflective of the uncertain economic climate. That said, the designers showed clothes which were suited to the traditional gentleman, with many collections heavily influenced by the 50s and 60s. Three collections at Paris Men’s Fashion Week this season caught our eye:
Valentino Men Fall/Winter 2013-14
Of all the shows at Paris Men’s Fashion Week this 2013/2014 season, Valentino stood out from the crowd. From the trim suits to the polished trenches and vintage-looking glasses, Valentino delivered a sophisticated collection which exemplified the classic style of the Italian fashion house. Not a hair was out of place as the models channeled a sixties vibe.
There were navy peacoats and outerwear overprinted in black to give a modern touch. The same treatment was done to the plaid and houndstooth. The result: a collection which will please any urban gentleman. Valentino also continued its fascination with the male clutch. For three continuous season, the male models walked down the runway with them and it seems the male clutch is here to stay.
Three things Valentino showed at Paris Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/2014: Sixties vibe, male clutch and more male clutches.
Louis Vuitton Men Fall/Winter 2013-14
Apparently Louis Vuitton‘s menswear designer Kim Jones ventured to the Himalayas for this Autumn/Winter collection. The result is a striking series of garments which give new meaning to the term luxury ski-wear. From the cashmere coats with mink fur to the polished reindeer leather jackets, Kim Jones presented a collection which married technical craftsmenship and extravagance. There was heavy use of laser-cutting (a trend beginning with womenswear which will no doubt continue) which can be seen in the pockets and bags. The leather jackets also appear like they were cut from a single hide.
Three things Louis Vuitton showed at Paris Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/2014: Luxury ski-wear and coats, leather jackets which appear laser cut and oversized doctor bags.
Carven Men Fall/Winter 2013-14
The men’s collection in Paris Fashion Week during the Fall/Winter season is inevitably influenced by the cold harsh weather the continent experiences, so it’s no surprise that Carven also showed a collection which was heavily influenced by ski-wear. Unlike Louis Vuitton’s Kim Jones which went for extravagance, Carven’s Guillaume Henry brought a more down to earth approach to the season, choosing to use office wear as a template for this season.
Set in a retrofitted fifties office, Carven showed models in slim suits matched with cropped pants and black socks. To mix it up there were also spots of mohair and wool – the snoods in particular looked extra warm. Henry also experimented with inserting bright colours and prints in the outwear – think coats with lapels dipped in red and Fair Isle sweaters under conservative suits.
Three things Carven showed at Paris Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/2014: Spots of colour, ski-wear meets 9 to 5 and capri pants.