Paris Men’s Fashion Week – Top Trends
Paris Men’s Fashion Week concluded on Sunday, and what a controversial trending schedule it transpired to be, abundant with scandalous sentiments and domineering prints. There was no escaping the aura of provocative feeling – dog, pig and dinosaur heads were adorned on models to represent the post-Weinstein outrage and additional allegations against industry photographers, whilst tartan pioneered over any other print with an army of designers taking the lead, making it the latest must-have pattern for the Autumn/Winter 2018 male sartorial dress-code.
Men are Pigs
This was the undisputable message paraded amid a multitude of Parisian designers who weren’t subtle in regards to disguising the world’s outrage concerning the recent behaviour of noted celebrities, presidents and industry photographers. This message was demonstrated through the means of fashion, with headdresses, slogans and ripping off clothing.
Comme des Garcons, Julien David and Walter Van Beirendonck collectively conveyed the air of distressing times by depicting a somewhat monstrous aesthetic – models heads were masqueraded in dog, pig and dinosaur headdresses, whilst American designer Rick Owens ripped his “clothes in anger… It’s draining to watch unhealthy cycles repeat themselves, behaviourally and historically, and it is hard to suppress a howl of rage,” he vocalised. Donald Trump was additionally unsurprisingly victimised throughout this trend, with designers such as Sacai’s creative director Chitose Abe and French label Etudes emblazoning the New York Times slogan “The Truth is Hard” on all manner of their garments.
Tartan Take Over
It was oh so obvious as to the pattern that will be domineering men’s clothing come next winter. Occupying three-quarters of the collections throughout Paris, tartan and check emerged as the undeniable look of next season, coming from a whole host of street brands to iconic fashion houses.
Urban labels such as White Mountaineering, Andrea Crews and Facetasm along with Agnus b, Thom Browne, Sacai and Henrik Vibskov channelled a homage to tartan, as did the romantic and timeless Alexander McQueen, who is forever the fundamental fashion advocate of all things tartan. The “Prince of Prints” Dries Van Noten showcased a devastatingly desirable array of Stewart tartan, whilst ironically, British heritage brand Dunhill, who debuted this season at Paris, opted to go tartan-free, rather choosing the shiny leather tailored look to parade instead. Another surprise to come out of the Paris Men’s shows!
Words by Kate Farley