The men’s autumn 10 catwalks got underway in Paris yesterday with eagerly-awaited collections from big names such as Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Dries Van Noten surprising the crowd with some diverse European influences.
With swathes of grey in every imaginable shade and a heavy focus on classic tailoring, Louis Vuitton took inspiration from Vienna in the early 20th century. Nylon anoraks added a modern twist but the overall feel was one of the dapper European gentleman with tweed, velvet and leather dominating.
Jean Paul Gaultier was always going to pull something unusual out of the bag and the boxing-themed collection he sent down the Paris runway yesterday didn’t disappoint. With long overcoats belted like boxing robes, leather boots laced up to the knees and cotton hoodies smartened up with a tie, the autumn 10 collection was certainly apt from this heavy hitter.
Dries Van Noten’s show confused its audience with clashing styles and fabrics. An equine quilted navy jacket was given white sleeves that had more of a Formula 1 influence; bright, thick stripes were clashed with classic tweed and high-waisted, tapered trousers featured heavily.