Trust the Mecca of fashion- Paris- to come up with some mindboggling trends every season. The recently concluded Paris Men’s Fashion Week proved just that yet again, while throwing up some edgy and forward trends. Here’s a roundup on the top five trends that stood out at the Paris Men’s Fashion Week spring-summer 2017, before they appear at men’s online fashion stores.
Keeping the season in mind, there were a significantly large number of collections inspired by the long, oversized Arab cloak. Christophe Lemaire’s eponymous label presented four collections, all of them inspired by the djellabas, although he insisted that he hadn’t tried to create anything religion specific. OAMC also came up with a djellaba raincoat and a light tunic shirt, while Japanese brand Issey Miyake showed India-inspired kameez tunics and blanket shawls, making the cloak one of the most dominant features this fashion week.
No, we’re not talking of the ordinary long sleeves. The Paris Men’s Fashion Week displayed this season what are known as gorilla sleeves- sleeves so long, that they dangle till the knees. The trend of super long sleeves began much before the men’s fashion week, when earlier Paris shows displayed the look. At this fashion week, gorilla sleeves were back, with some hoodies even sporting trailing cords to make the sleeves look even longer. They may not be practical, but this trend can be spotted in online men’s fashion storesvery soon.
Gender bending was one of the biggest trends coming out of Paris Men’s Fashion Week this season. While Belgian designer Glenn Martens’ edgy collection for Y-project had models wearing yellow satin shirts, lilac suits, and slippers on the runway, then Maison Margiela had both men and women flaunting men’s clothes and guys in miniskirts. Pigalle dressed the models in feminine pastel hues, who were ‘attending’ the ‘wedding’ of designer Stephane Ashpool at the show. There were pastels, whites, and floral designs galore.
Plaid (or tartan) has been a recurrent theme at Paris Men’s Fashion Week. At the Spring-Summer ’17 show, there were generous doses of plaid in many collections. Not just at Paris, but across several Spring/Summer collections, plaid or tartan has been a staple feature. Louis Vuitton’s travel-centric collection featured plaid suits and shirts, while Japanese labels Kolor, Facetasm, and OAMC used colourful checks to come up with coats and trousers.
Special mention: Valentino
One of the most opulent shows at this season’s Paris Men’s Fashion Week was that of Valentino. The star-studded collection, with Chinese actor Yang Yang and Benjamin Walker in the front row, featured faded denim cowboy shirts, and colour contrast in the form of ripped pockets in jackets. There were oversized coats and bling studded coats, and camo printed sweaters. The theme of the collection was ‘Unfinished’ and many of the pieces achieved the look of incompleteness well.