At the ongoing Paris menswear fashion display, the designers announced a James Bond look, that goes with everything, even stilettos! Gaultier and Rick Owens borrowed from women’s wardrobes for Fall-Winter 2011-2012, delivering sweater dresses and pleated kilts. At Dries, there were just real clothes for the real men. We bring to you some of the highlights.
Jean Paul Gaultier
France’s king of kink delivered a saucy James Blond who was in equal parts womaniser and man-eater. At first, Gaultier’s Bond cut a dashing figure in a microfiber tuxedo, a long silken scarf. But as the models strutted their stuff, fishnet tights peeked out from under their slacks, and the back of their tails flashed in sexy cutouts.
All the staples, such as sweater dresses, long sleeveless vests with square-cut tails and drop-crotched cashmere sweatpants were there. The pieces were layered upon one another to create looks steeped in Owens’ trademark blend of coziness.
The luxury supernova delivered yet another round of safe, appealing classics. Models walked in perfect-cut trousers ‘not too slim, not too wide’ and cozy tie-waisted cardigans or plain-front blazers cinched with leather belts.
Dries Van Noten
The collection remained inimitably Noten, just well-thought-out clothes for men who are comfortable in their skin. Noten’s models looked like chic men you might pass by on the street. They wore wide flannel trousers with turtlenecks in colour-block mohair of collar-less blazers.
Kimmel’s presentation had men in bow ties and shorts crowded around photos of Kimmel’s collection, which the New York designer said was a shout-out to the Pacific Northwest.
Cherry hues & flowy frocks
At the just concluded Berlin Fashion Week, Romania’s designers showed collections that were colourful and chirpy. This may finally sell in the European markets they long to break into.
Designer Alina Botea showed a fantastical fusion of 1960s’ retro and sci-fi styles. The 38-year-old’s collection featured shifts and shorts made of a snowflake print silk in pink, green, chocolate brown and grey.
The show featured a Alice in Wonderland-inspired collection of Andreea Musat, and the abstract, artistic designs of Lucian Broscatean.