• Marilyn Quarshie

Paris Men's Fashion Week F/W 19 Review

It’s that time of the year again where Paris shows off what it is best known for, FASHION! As Paris gears up to welcome it’s other upcoming fashion week shows, such as haute couture and women’s fashion week, FA! Paris men’s fashion week quickly came to an end as it officially closed off the Fall/Winter 2019 menswear fashion shows. This season’s Men’s fashion week brought together an array of famed designers who showed off their F/W 2019 collections on the runways, with a few of the designers shows and collections still being talked about.


Let’s take a look back at some of the most show stopping and memorable pieces that were seen on the runways of this seasons Paris men’s fashion week F/W 19 collections.


Balmain

This collection featured both female and male models wearing monochrome tuxedos, vests and jackets with satin lapel finishing; as well as wool, tweed, leather, denim and fur jackets paired with either beret hats or fiddler caps, rounded retro sunglasses, messenger bags and oversized balmain handbags. The inspiration behind the collection created by Oliver Rousteing, the creative director of Balmain, was to take away the binary notion of gender specific clothing, but rather create a collection that essentially fits one gender, with no distinction of who is female or who is male while wearing the clothes. The effective mix of sportswear, military and biker looks perfectly executed Rousteing’s vision, with wide structured shouldered tops and loose tapered and fitted bottoms paired with either white or black/ white and black sneakers, boots or dress shoes. This collection although simplistic in its variety of colours definitely made a bold statement on the runway and a memorable collection for Paris Men’s Fashion Week.


Pictures Courtesy of Vogue



Louis Vuitton

Ever since Virgil Abloh was appointed as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear in 2017, he has not been shy with showing a fresh new and creative perspective to the brand. This was evident at the LV F/W 2019 menswear show which left an impressionable mark as the collection paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean music video with the runway replicating the New York City street in which the video was shot. The inspiration was drawn from the King of Pop’s influence of men’s fashion as well as Vuitton’s travel heritage with incorporating prints of flags from different nations into some of the pieces. Models wore oversized grey suiting paired with wide loose trousers, bulky cropped bomber jackets and bubble vests with the iconic LV monogram imprinted on them, classic trench coats, graphic tees and sweaters, cargo pants with oversized pockets and long pleated skirts. More colour hues were later introduced with royal purple and metallic pieces, neon coloured travel size handbags, sparkly hand gloves and prints of different flags added together and incorporated into pieces to create the essence of a Technicolor coat. Of course, none of these looks fell short with attention to sophisticated cuts, pleating and layering with each look being perfectly paired with matching handbags, hand gloves, hats or scarves. The show also hosted a few celebrities in attendance such as rapper Offset, Most Def and Kid Cudi, super model Naomi Campbell and musician Frank Ocean to name a few and even had rappers like Sheck Wes make a debut down the runway. The show definitely left a lot of buzz with Abloh’s obvious homage to Michael Jackson, but also the message of inclusivity diversity with the perfect synchronization of streetwear paired with high fashion.


Pictures Courtesy of Vogue


Dior Men

The Dior Men F/W 19 show took us to the future with a moving conveyor belt runway that had models stand still like statues as the belt glided them down the runway. Kim Jones, the artistic director of the brand brought together creative elements and technology to create a futuristic world of fashion; a concept actually adopted from historical couture salons of the past. Think Men in Black, but with added sophistication and class, as the collection embodied impeccable tailoring with precision cuts. Formal suiting and trench coats with added elements of graphics and animal print, leather, cargo and fur, as well as satin sash’s perfectly wrapped around the chests and waists with the excess piece effortlessly hanging off the side resembling a mortal combat solider. And of course the looks were completed with cross body bags, man purses and combat boots. The classic and sleek looks of the collection spoke for themselves and left a lasting impression that glided into the future.


Pictures Courtesy of Vogue


Stay updated for more runway reviews from upcoming fashion week shows!


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