Paris Men's Fashion Week
By Gavin Jewkes, 1 July 2014
Sadly, we're not clairvoyant in most areas of life, but we can certainly have a decent stab at predicting what you'll be wearing this time next year.
Here's what we learnt from the sartorial crystal ball that was this past weekend's Paris spring/summer 2015 Men's Fashion Week.
Kris Van Assche's show for Dior Homme was rich in creativity and colour, boasting sharp pieces in striking shades of blue. This tight and cleverly executed collection, unmistakably influenced by all things nautical, also featured a revised take on Breton stripes and safeguarded cobalt as the colour du jour for tailoring. So, if there's only one takeaway from the top man at Dior, it's that blue is definitely best.
Traditionally speaking, print is the name we give clothes emblazoned with patterns and motifs. At the Raf Simons show, however, the Belgian designer put a new spin on the term, opting instead to send models down the catwalk sporting jackets and tank tops pasted with old photos and images. If this collection is anything to go by, it suggests that graphic (even photographic) prints are going to be big news this time next year.
Hedi Slimane's tenure at the helm of Saint Laurent has produced a number of divisive menswear collections over the past three years, and this season is no exception. His models walked the runway packaged in some bonkers psych-rocker gear, which evoked America's Wild West – thanks, in the main, to an impressive arsenal of big hats and skin-tight jeans. Take your cue from him and shimmy yourself into some super-skinny denim to stay well ahead of the curve.
The models, arguably, overshadowed Lucas Ossendrijver's new collection for Parisian fashion house Lanvin. Hair was slick and skin heavily inked. Book yourself an appointment at the barber and tattooist accordingly.
All other jackets, fall back. Once again, the humble bomber has emerged as the go-to outerwear for ultra-trendy types. Guillaume Henry's collection for Carven was jam-packed with quality coats, but it was his simple and robustly constructed bomber jacket that stole the show for us. You know what to do.