Following on from relative upstarts London and Milan, this weekend saw the grand dame – or, for our purposes, the dapper old gent – of the fashion-week calendar: Paris. We'll get to the shows shortly, but for now let's focus on the stylish show-goers. Here's what they wore.
PFW AW17 STREET STYLE
By Matt Glazebrook, 23 January 2017
Look at this guy, emerging from the Parisian winter gloom like a murkily clad master. Black bucket hat; black wide-leg trews; retro black Converse; everything else in tonal shades of dark brown; and just a subtle hint of salmon pink around the three-quarter zip on his overhead top. Wearing colour but not looking like you're wearing colour is the new wearing colour.
Another excellent exhibition of subtle mid-winter toning that is, admittedly, only fully repeatable if you happen to have a big mop of golden bleached curls. Not that a charcoal overcoat and a grey and brown patchwork hoodie aren't good places to start, even if you don't come equipped with your own personal palette enhancer up top.
The commitment to fashion is strong with this one. A dark minimalist tracksuit base, all the better to show off a brilliant, post-box red cotton jacket, with white vertical stripes mirroring the piping on his joggers. No accessories like gloves or scarves to disrupt the clean, cool lines. Only problem is, he looks bloody freezing.
This dude's got the right idea, piling on all his vintage finery – souvenir scarf, textured striped overshirt, excellent navy-and-gold varsity jacket – at once, while keeping an eye on colour and coordination to maintain zero-degrees steez. The R stands for 'really good outfit'.
This fit's all about the main event – an ace retro Reebok quarter-zip tracktop in blue with a flag-print logo. But hats off the supporting cast, too – chunky white Reebok InstaPump Fury sneakers, slim-fit black cropped jeans, black shearling-lined leather jacket, complementary blue and green parking ticket machine – without which, none of this would have been possible.
Some might say knee rips and knee zips on your jeans are a bit much. Others might say, 'But look how cool this fella looks in his plum Yeezy 750s, lovely oversized burgundy hoodie, lush midnight blue bomber, classic round-lens sunglasses and general air of brooding, shaven-headed, savoir faire. We can forgive him a bit of excessive denim experimentation.'