The sun is out, the winter sales are well and truly over; we’re fully embracing Spring/Summer ’17 and for inspiration, we’re looking back to Paris Men’s Fashion Week SS17 for the best of the current season. As one of the largest events in men’s fashion, Paris is the city and event to look to each season – showcasing the latest from some of the biggest names in contemporary menswear – Balenciaga, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Maison Margiela among them. From AMI’s 1970s-inspired designs, to looks reminiscent of the ’90s club scene at KENZO, these are the styles and pieces that you need to know about.
Alexandre Mattiussi looked to fashion’s current favourite decade – the 1970s – yet again for his AMI collection this season. Mustard and teal, paired with navy, made up the colour palette – found in zip-up jumpers, silk bombers and striped shirts – all worn with AMI’s signature low-slung, belted trousers and mesh sneakers. It wasn’t a far cry from Mattiussi’s previous collections but it’s a look that works time and again.
As A.P.C. gets ready to enter its 30th year, founder and designer Jean Touitou used the SS17 collection to celebrate the brand’s signature workwear aesthetic, with utilitarian jackets, oversized jeans, denim shirts, caps and chambray dungarees making up some of the best pieces of this collection.
Carven entered the realm of activewear for SS17, putting a retro-inspired spin on the sport luxe aesthetic that has dominated the fashion world for the best part of this decade. Pastel seersucker suits were worn with loafer/boat shoe/trainer hybrids and the anorak was given a French luxury makeover. Trousers came cropped and tailored or slightly oversized and bunching at the ankle, while thin barely-there stripes made up the bulk of the prints.
The KENZO SS17 collection was all about the early ‘90s club scene, even going as far as using original prints from club night flyers on zip-up shirts, windbreakers and loose-fitting trousers, complete with pulled-up boxers peeking out from underneath. The colours ranged from acid yellow and pastel blue, to dark greens and purples, catering for every kind of club-goer. As for the accessories, it was all about the beret and socks and sandals.
Sir Paul took inspiration from his first trips to London in the late ‘60s – particularly Notting Hill when Carnival first kicked off. The result is Paul Smith’s signature tailoring in slim-fitting shapes, wide lapels and rainbow brights – with sewn-on patches found on loose jeans and cargo jackets.
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