Cheeky With Elegance is the Theme for Men’s Paris Fashion Week

Posted on June 29, 2010

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Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kenzo and Louis Vuitton are just some of the top designers who showed off their collections for Fall 2010 at the men’s fashion week help in Paris. And their commonality: strong trends in cheeky post-crisis optimism with a hint of elegance.

It looks like the fashion industry is sick of being depressed, as seen with most of the clothes that made its way to the ramp. “We’re sick of the crisis. We want to have some fun!” this according to cutting-edge designer Belgian Kris Van Assche during the four-day event that wrapped up Sunday.  But he made it clear that he was not calling for a carefree revival of glamour.

With his own collection, Van Assche on the other hand wants “to embellish everyday life” and put “the man on the street who gets his hands dirty” the main attraction. That is why at the heart of the show featuring the spring-summer line, some famous everymen and street heroes from the silent cinema era strutted the catwalk. Men in black wigs and fake moustache walked down the runway as ode to the familiar silhouettes of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

Meanwhile for Lanvin, run by Alber Elbaz and designed by Lucas Ossendrijver, ballroom smart was out and practical travel gear is in. “The clothes are classic, you can wear them anywhere. We didn’t show a single tuxedo this time,” Elbaz pointed out. He also reiterated that their suits for this season are something men can wear “for meeting your girlfriend’s parents.”

Collaborations between high fashoin designers and commercial clothes was also part of this year’s show as seen with Stella McCartney’s designes for sports brand Adidas and Sonia Rykiel’s creation for H&M.

But the strong trend of understated elegance for the show did not prevent designers from having some controversy and playfulness by including necklaces of iron tusks, chains, black stones and wood into the mix. Elbaz and Ossendrijver agreed that this is sort of a “liberation for men.” Ossendrijver said that “when women wear pants, men can wear jewellery.”

Luxurious pearl necklaces and daisy broaches were also used by designers Walter Van Beirendonck and Alexis Mabille. Jean-Paul Gautier and John Galliano further blurred the lines by including a male model with very female silhouette wearing a skimpy black underwear.

Reports from: Yahoo!

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