Whether you tuned in for the shows or the street style, there’s no doubt that Paris Men’s Fashion Week always features the sartorial ‘crème de la crème’.
January’s week-long style smorgasbord brought us A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg decked out in designer Dior Homme streetwear, GQ Style Fashion Editor Mobolaji Dawodu rocking his signature hats, and David Beckham, Kate Moss and Xavier Dolan sitting pretty at the front row of Louis Vuitton… just to name a few.
Following on from London and Milan’s Pitti Uomo, the Paris shows act as a fashion barometer, the international reference for the next season’s trends and key pieces.
The Fall/Winter 2017-2018 collections reflected the changing landscape of our world today, fusing fashion with functionality and going back to basics with versatile classics, retro logos and politically inclined statement tees.
Here are the top 10 pieces that we can’t wait to hit the racks.
1. The Bernie Sanders Balenciaga Bomber
Bernie Sanders might have lost his Presidential bid, but he’s fast tracked his way in the fashion race. Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia subverted Sanders’ campaign logo to create Balenciaga-emblazoned merchandise – t-shirts, scarves and bomber jackets. We’re loving the audacity of the blue bomber, with the large logo embroidered across the shoulders.
2. The Hardior Brooches
Introduce a touch of ‘hardcore techno’ to your wardrobe with these Hardior brooches and badges as seen at Dior Homme. It will spice up an otherwise boring blazer and give a nod to your clubber youth.
3. Balmain’s Phoenix Print
Olivier Rousteing’s ‘camouflage meets couture’ collection featured army greens, chunky rib knits, and embroidered animals in the form of tigers and exotic birds. The colour palette was khaki, black and gold; glitzy and glamorous. While Balmain jackets remain a wardrobe staple, we also appreciate the subtle details in his soon-to-be-iconic Phoenix print.
4. Ami’s Normcore Dad Jeans
French label Ami is the definition of Parisian style – simple, classic and refined. Not one to be ostentatious, Ami’s FW17/18 collection was as normcore as normcore can be with flannel shirts, argyle knits and tweed coats taking centre stage. Do yourself a favour this winter: update your vintage Levi’s and invest in some Ami ‘Dad jeans’ – you’ll be wearing them for decades to come.
5. The OTT Vetements Scarf
Practical and packing a punch, a statement scarf is a winter must-have. Vetements has risen quickly to become an It Brand and you can bet you’ll be seeing this smiley face scarf everywhere on the street in the months to come.
6. Hermès’ Rockmantic Leather Jacket
For FW17/18, Hermès focused on textures and fabrics – think shearling blousons, nubuck pants, sheepskin sweaters. The standout look however was the black jacket with a contrasting strip of dark blue crocodile leather running through the middle. It’s the perfect transitional piece – tone down tailored black trousers or toughen up jeans and loafers with this bad boy.
7. The Red Paul Smith Suit
Red was quite literally one of the hottest colours at Paris Fashion Week. Paul Smith has always been a colourful character, and this season was no different. He played with different plaids, mixing up suits, trenches, vests and shirts. Look out for this red duo coming to a suitably same coloured carpet near you soon.
8. The Black Dior Homme Sneakers
If you’re over your white Stan Smiths, go to the other end of the colour wheel and pick up Dior Homme’s all-black sneakers. Adding a touch of kink to his rave-themed collection, the Dior Homme AW17/18 shoes feature bondage-style buckles and straps wrapped over sneakers and boots. They look smart and sexy with everything from jeans to suits.
9. Lanvin’s Nothing Scarf
No logos, no crazy prints, no fancy embellishments – nothing, as was the theme with Lanvin’s AW17/18 collection. It was all about reworking the basics, transforming the boring into something beautiful. With the current political landscape, we bet we’ll be seeing a feed full of influencers working Lanvin’s Nothing scarf for the next few years.
10. Anything from the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration
It’s the collab of 2017, and we’re only a month in to the year so far. The Louis Vuitton x Supreme range was all the talk in Paris with the classic LV monogram and the bright red Supreme box logo on everything from accessories to apparel. The trunk-style phone case is sure to be a best-seller, although we’re quite partial to the leather waist bags, slung effortlessly over the shoulder.
What is your favorite from our list? 🙂