New York Fashion Week may be in full swing, but we didn’t want to blow through the week without acknowledging the menswear fashion shows in Europe. Decidedly more subdued this time around, not to say there weren’t theatrics in play (Jean Paul Gaulter and Ann Demeulemeester notwithstanding) nor performance art (check out Thom Browne’s presentation), many brands incorporated denim into their Fall-Winter 2012 menswear collections while continuing to reach far back to source 300 years of fashion.
Agnès B infused denim into its Fall 2012 collection, which started off as a predictable menswear show, until it took a sharp turn towards androgyny with the introduction of a denim wrap skirt and tunic silhouettes which softened the male silhouette against cuffed, loose-fit jeans. Some of the models were styled with ballet flats, which was not lost on us.
Olivier Rousteing isn’t trying to rock the boat too much at Balmain, after stepping in for Christophe Decarnin. As you can see, jeans for men continue to be biker-chic, while the rest of the collection invokes the aristocracy of the Napoleonic era.
Your Milk Man or Soda Jerk is reincarnated, thanks to Dolce & Gabbana‘s continued retro motif, juxtaposing a bit of Dandy style with some Blue Collar appeal. Heavily whiskered jeans with a deep cuff signals a changing of the guard: the inseams and the rise are going up.
Dries Van Noten may be showing his appreciation for Dutch master painters (though he, himself, is Belgian): a warm orange jean is both trendy and classic-looking against the collection’s wild and experimental takes on the classic denim jackets. Evidently, the brand is not afraid to work outside the box.
Dsquared2 has moved out of the Old West and continues to re-work denim in its various forms: a classic denim jacket holds metal appliques on its sleeves; drop-waist, contrast fabric waistband jeans are becoming the brand’s signature look, and an Argyle-washed chambray shirt was a creative turn and proof that the brand has placed a considerable amount of investment into denim fashion.
Images via Style.com. Stay tuned for more fashion show coverage, this time from New York!
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Agnes B, Balmain, denim for men, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Dsquared2, jeans for men, Men's Fashion Week, menswear, Milan Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week
Honestly… WTF, one of our favorite DIY & style blogs, rounded up some killer denim street style from fashion week world wide. You’ll find cuffed, destroyed, double-denim, two-tone, patch-work, sleeveless, light wash, drop-crotch, layered, tied… you get the idea.
Images via Style, Grazia, Vogue; Round-up via Honestly…WTF.
Tags: cuffed, dark wash, DENIM, destroyed denim, light wash, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, models off duty, New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, red shoes, Street Style
One of our favorite collections to come out of Paris Men’s Fashion Week this time around is that of Mugler. We’re totally digging the overall 80s references: pastel shades, strong neon colors like bright highlighter green, tons of lurex and windbreaker details, and some killer stone washed denim looks to point out a few. With a title like Brothers of Arcadia, huge metallic jewelry resembling armor, and the overall futuristic tone of it all we’re definitely getting a futuristic gladiator feel. With this marking the brands mere sophomore collection, needless to say we’ll totally be keeping an eye out.
Images via Style.com and Dazed Digital.
Tags: 80s stone washed denim, Denim Menswear, Men's Fashion Week, menswear runway show, Mugler, Mugler menswear, Mugler spring summer 2012 menswear runway show, Mugler stone washed denim, Paris Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week menswear highlights, stone wash denim
Gosh I wish I were in Paris right now, having the time of my life with all the stylish people! It must be a feast for the eyes to see Parisians and fashionphiles strutting their stuff on and off the runway. Denim and record label April 77 didn’t miss a beat when they decided to throw their own party in honor of Paris Fashion Week. I wonder if we’ll see their signature melancholy-stoic models — who look like they went to the Byzantine-Gustav Klimt school of modelling — hanging around the party, looking like they don’t care about how cool they are to be in the company of April 77.
Friday, June 26 at 11PM
49 rue de Ponthieu PARIS
Detect DJ Set
Yussuf Jerusalem Live
Jeremy Jay DJ Set
Strip Steve DJ Set
SHOP APRIL 77
— Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: April 77, Paris Fashion Week