Paris Men’s Fashion Week has already thrown up more eccentric fashion than Milan could muster in a millennium.
For one thing at Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring 10 show the models were wearing bustiers. Even given Gaultier’s usual play on gender roles, these veered way beyond any commercial reasoning. But otherwise his colourful collection of taped-seam jackets and trench coats looked like a distillation of contemporary looks and retro influences.
1960s-inspired mod-ish tailoring was softened into more languorous, soft-shouldered shapes that expressed the relaxed mood that pervaded the City of Lights. And speaking of languor, Dries Van Noten’s soft shapes and clashing checks were injected a global traveller feel wedded to extreme comfort.