Paris Men’s Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with a parade of Eastern influences and grafitti prints infiltrating the relaxed suiting.
Louis Vuitton embraced print for spring 11 with Chinese influences visible in swirling blue and white prints on shirts and scarves with the brand’s monogram. Single breasted jackets were worn long over tailored cotton shorts or loose cut, slouched trousers in lightweight fabrics. Creative director Marc Jacobs used some exotic, Amazonian influences through snake skin-effect jackets and animal print jersey pieces.
The world traveller theme continued as Jean Paul Gaultier took to the catwalk, although influences were more Arabic, with sheer embroidered djellabas worn under lightweight suiting and loose harem pants layered with long-line super-fine knitwear. Painterly splash effects were visible on everything from black leather bikers to relaxed suit trousers. Gaultier embraced the current craze for all things 3D with prints that rose out of kaftans when viewed through 3D glasses.
Dries Van Noten also used paint splash and bleached effects but with more colour, using berry and ink tones to stain white shirts and bleaching bright white patches onto washed denim waistcoats, jackets, bags and straight-cut jeans. The skinhead models paired punk elements such as chunky laced boots and cargo shorts with long tailored coats or crisp cotton shirts to tone down the look. Cardigans and light outerwear was fastened with boxer-style worn leather straps.