INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
5 NOTEWORTHY LOOKS FROM PARIS FASHION WEEK
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 5 October 2018
The last round of SS19 womenswear shows have just wrapped up in Paris. From Demna Gvasalia’s digital display for Balenciaga to Nicholas Ghesquière’s other-worldly collection at Louis Vuitton – unveiled in the courtyard of the Louvre, no less – the end of this season was as climactic as expected. Unsurprisingly, the guests in attendance dressed for the occasion – here’s a roundup of the most standout looks we spotted on the streets.
It’s now autumn, which means that the weather’s given you the go-ahead to chuck your favourite overcoat on every time you leave your yard. Tired of the classic camel trench? Take this guy’s lead and go for one with an obscure print. If you’re going to opt for an outerwear pick that’s this bold, you may want to keep the rest of your kit relatively low-key. A black polo-neck top, monochrome striped trews, graphic-print tote bag and chunky black Balenciaga Triple S trainers complete this fella’s quirky ensemble.
Prada delved into its archive for AW18, delivering a self-referential collection rife with boxy printed shirts. Clearly a fan of the brand's surf-inspired offering, this chap’s Hawaiian hula girl shirt is the starting point of his ’fit. Teaming his shirt with just a plain white tee, a black bucket hat and matching structural Dickies shorts keeps his look uniform. Meanwhile, on foot, he pops on a pair of bulky creps in a black, white and pink colourway to mirror the shades on his shirt. Too slick.
From Gucci to Balenciaga, distinctive tailoring cropped up repeatedly across the SS19 catwalks. These guys were obviously paying close attention. The chap on the left has taken a more eccentric approach, selecting a vertically striped suit which he styles with a graphic-print tee, retro tinted shades and polished black lace-ups. Meanwhile, his companion goes down a more traditional route – he wears an off-white button-up with his workwear-appropriate checked suit but also finishes his look with refined lace-ups. It’s all about the uniformity, kids.
The punk aesthetic has been a sartorial hit since the subculture first emerged in Britain back in the 70s. With hallmark elements such as embellished leather jackets, sturdy lace-up boots and outspoken graphic-print tees, street-stylers everywhere have routinely borrowed style tropes from the movement. Check out this dude, in his Let’s Start A War tee from hardcore Scottish punk band The Exploited. He goes for a pair of black jeans and complementary boots on his bottom half, and he rounds off his look with a sweeping burgundy trench. Talk about rock-solid style.
With the stern look on this guy’s face, we bet he’s observing the other guests around him while thinking: 'I dare you to critique this ensemble I’ve so effortlessly put together.' Tracksuits have proved to be a big deal this season, as streetwear aficionados continue to fervently champion the ultra-cool co-ord. This dude's sage trackie set is nicely contrasted by his traditional checked coat. And a pair of steezy multicoloured creps are the perfect final touch for his old-school-flavoured outfit.