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Paris Fashion Week 2018: Here’s what you should watch out for

After the Milan Fashion Week, it is time for the Paris Fashion Week. It will feature 50 fashion shows, endless parties, and million-dollar business deals.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 18, 2018 14:37 IST
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A model presents a creation for Facetasm during the men's Fashion Week for the Fall/Winter 2018/2019 collection in Paris on January 17, 2018. (AFP)

The travelling fashion press bid “ciao” to Milan and said “bonjour” to Paris on Wednesday — kicking off 50 fashion shows, endless parties, million-dollar business deals and the last leg of the menswear mania, which will sweep the French capital for five days.

Powerhouse Valentino will unveil its couture-infused fall-winter creations from designer Pierpaolo Piccioli on Day 1, alongside some lesser-known houses such as Julien David and Facetasm.

Here are the some highlights:

Models present creations by Julien David for the Fall/Winter 2018/2019 collection as part of the men's Fashion Week in Paris on January 17, 2018. (AFP)

Julien David’s dog-eat-dog world

That fashion is a dog-eat-dog world was perhaps the message from French designer Julien David, whose models for fall-winter previews all donned comic canine masks.

The looks — featuring huskies, Dalmatians, poodles and bulldogs — endowed David’s 22 designs with a sense of surreal fun and relaxation. The models posed during Wednesday’s ‘show’ sitting on chairs next to tables decorated with cards games and dominos, or slouched on a couch, as fashion insiders chuckled and snapped their cameras.

It was clever stage-managing by David, one of the rising stars in Paris menswear, to highlight his signature casual style. His clothes — baggy denims with turn-ups that revealed pulled-up wooly socks and white-laced sneakers — were just that.

Dungarees in deep indigo were worn over a utilitarian golden brown toggle sweater, and lined boots had big eyelets — riffs in Paris on the workmen styles that have been ubiquitous on the Milan runway shows.

A model presents a creation for Facetasm during the men's Fashion Week for the Fall/Winter 2018-19 collection in Paris on January 17, 2018. (AFP)

Facetasm delivers contrasts

Facetasm took the on-trend worker style as its starting point for a fall-winter collection that was ultimately hard to pin down.

Japanese-style thick denim fabric was given a great scrunched-up effect in a round-shouldered bomber with oversize proportions and baggy jeans. It was twinned with a black hoodie, which had a raw street-wear vibe that resonated with the show’s warehouse venue and its wrought-iron columns.

The Tokyo-founded company has won plaudits for its conceptual styles with hints of punk — but Wednesday’s show sometimes lacked focus. Oversized garments, one of the show’s major themes, were delivered with a dark palette that was cut with occasional bold colours — acid green, neon blue, lemon yellow or bright red. Several designs — like a big pale blue winter coat — riffed on the ‘80s.

The name of the house was based on its founder Hiromichi Ochiai’s idea of the varying angular sides of a diamond — angles that seem contrasting that yet produce an inner harmony. Their show on Wednesday was highly creative but could have done with less of the contrasts and more of the harmony.

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First Published: Jan 18, 2018 14:30 IST