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Paris Menswear SS15: Day 5 Favorites

The final day of Paris. The last day of the Menswear Collections. The Menswear journey has come to an end. It was an interesting one, to say the least. Throughout the collections we traveled through time and to different continents. The last day of Paris was pretty interesting, but I only really loved one collection, and that was the Lanvin collection, so there will only be one review today.

Nowadays, men are always on the go. From work, to the bar, to the gym, and to the club. There’s no stopping the 21st century gentleman. With the on-the-go mindset,  designers Lucas Ossendrijver and Albert Elbaz created the Spring/Summer 2015 with this in mind. Instead of creating the traditional formal suit, they created something that created a suit that could be worn at any occasion, but still seemed luxurious. “You know men don’t change every season, we are stubborn,” said Ossendrijver after the show. “What changes in life is the way we live.” This is shown throughout the collection, as the styles have not changed, but rather they have been updated. Any piece of the collection would be great to have in your closet as an anytime staple, whether you’re going to work or to the bars.

Now that we are done with menswear for the season, next week we’ll move on the Couture Week! I can’t wait to see what all the designers have come up with using their creativity! What are your final thoughts on the menswear for the Spring/Summer 2015 season? Which designer are you most looking forward to seeing next week for haute couture? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.


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Paris Menswear SS15: Day 4 Favorites

Paris Menswear is almost over! But we will stay in Paris, as we go from menswear to the haute couture in a matter of days. So let us savor these last few days of Menswear…before the hellish race to finish the couture garments, which will be finished probably 2 minutes before it hits the runway. Let’s be real here.

Layers upon layers upon layers. Those are the words that describe the Spring/Summer 2015 Sacai Collection. A plethora of coats paired with cargo shorts took over the runway, as well as the off-centered belts that completed some of the looks. Chitose Abe, designer for Sacai, also played with cameo print by enlarging the print so that it had a more geometric tone, and adding some color to make it pop. Sacai parka and coats are great to wear during those chilly summer nights at the beach.

Dior Homme
For this season, Kris Van Assche designed the Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collection with three distinct themes: the first was Classic Dior, the second was straightforward fashion, and the third was more edgy than the rest. Some of the items that were edgy had hand written musings, written by Christian Dior himself, printed on some of the items. Quotes such as “Traditions have to be maintained,” and “In troubled times like ours, we must maintain these traditions, which are our luxury and the flower of our civilization,” were some of the musings printed on pants and tops. This was a great collection, as it balanced fun with the classics.

Marc by Marc Jacobs
A mix between California cool and the landscapes of Mars influenced the Spring/Summer 2015 Marc by Marc Jacobs Collection. It was an interesting pairing with tribal patters that you would see at summer festivals, and the landscape of Mars also on the same outfit. It was a fun, summery collection that any young individual would love to wear on a hot summer day.

“This house is not the house of ‘normcore,’ and I am done with minimalism,” said Jean Touitou while introducing his Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collection. The collection was slightly inspired by the nineties, with the fit and simplicity of the collection. The A.P.C. Spring/Summer 2015 Collection is a great one, in that it is simple, but still manages to shine on its own.

Memories never fade. That is what designer Mihara Yasuhiro wanted to convey this in his Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The theme of “Fragment” came about when close friend and stylist, Bryan McMahon, who worked with Mihara died earlier this year. “I come from the country of the kimono and the original street style,” he said. “Bryan brought classic tailoring and elegance to the brand.” This collection was the final farewell to his longtime friend. Mihara combined different patterns together, as well as combined different pieces of denim together to convey the memory theme; as the past and present are fused together to make the future.

For the Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collection, designer Véronique Nichanian had this sonnet to say about the collection:

A manifesto of prints.
Solar, cavalier charm.
Supple elegance.

The collection had a variety of prints, from florals to different graphics, that paired well with the different solid colored items in the collection. From cream suits to the bright orange sweaters, the collection had a cohesive vision, which is why Hermès is one of the top designers of the luxury stores.

Whoo! Those were more designers than usual. But we got through them! Let me know which collections you liked on Day 4, whether they’re on my list or not. Tomorrow will be the last day of the Menswear Collections until, forever!


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Paris Menswear SS15: Day 3 Favorites

Now that we have settled in Paris by stuffing our faces with macaroons, we can continue our journey through the wonders of the Paris Mens Collections! I would do every single show, but some shows aren’t my thing and I’d just immediately “boot” it instead of “toot” it (bonus points if you know where Boot/Toot is from! Hint: Raja and Raven)! Now let’s get started!

Cerruti 1881 Paris
The cross between sportswear and menswear has not slowed down. Aldo Maria Camillo, stated that he blended the balance between sportswear and suiting in the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The cross between the two was evident, as pants were made to look like joggers, using fabrics for suits. He also played with the big silhouettes for the overcoats.

For the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, designer Riccardo Tisci went with the monochrome urban wear this season. He also added both printed and embroidered flowers to the collection, which added a nice feminine touch to the collection. On the catwalk, there were also special appearances made by models Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Irina Shayk and Isabeli Fontana. I really liked this collection, as it was a really simple idea, but still executed very beautifully, especially the embroidered looks.

If you are looking for a spring wardrobe that has the traveler in mind, you do not have to worry this season. From Tod’s to Burberry, and now Berluti, the Men’s Collections have got you covered! Ease of movement played a big role in this collection designed by Alessandro Sartori. The collection also had a lot of vibrant colors, which will allow you to stand out in the crowd when traveling from city to city. The collection just oozed luxury, and is for the confident man on-the-go.

Now that Day 2 is done, we can now move onto Day 3. I gotta hand it to these models, from early morning fittings and casting calls, they are doing something that I could ever do: wake up early. Now tomorrow we have a bunch of designers to go through since Day 3 was apparently the day where all the good designers wanted to showcase their collections, which means more work for me! Yay!


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Paris Menswear SS15: Day 1 and 2 Favorites

We have now arrived in Paris! The city of love, art, and of course, fashion. Paris has an abundance of designers to showcase during fashion week, so it’s really hard to pick my favorites. But alas, it must be done.

For their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, Valentino decided to also go with the trend of combing sportswear with the everyday menswear. They also added pajama-like silhouettes to the pants of the collection, along with boxy tops and large cut sweaters. To make the collection more refined, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli added embroidery to some of the pieces to give it a more high-class feel.

Viktor & Rolf
Viktor & Rolf also played around with a balance between sportswear and formal wear for their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. Roomy shirts paired with tailored pants gave the collection a relaxed feel. Materials such as mesh and cotton gave the collection a sportswear feel, while the tailored cuts gave it a formal feel. Viktor & Rolf also played with color-blocking, as well as using geometric shapes.

Louis Vuitton
Designer Kim Jones wanted to combine regal elegance of Rajasthan in northern India with the structure of military design for the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The bright colors represented the wonders of India, while the structure in the clothing pay homage to the on-the-go military man. Jones designed this collection with the mind of a traveler, and how functional the collection would be to travelers, as well as how travelers would want to look.

Athletic fashion pieces have just taken over Men’s Collection! And Balmain was no exception. Olivier Rousteing, who showed the his collection in an appointment-only show, had designed the collection thinking of the athlete off the field. The collection was strong in color and in silhouette, with tailored pants and loud bomber jackets. I loved every piece of this collection, and I am excited to see who wears the pieces, as I would wear a lot of the pieces in this collection.

Dries Van Noten
“It was time for something completely different. I wanted a sensual man.” That is what Dries Van Noten said on his Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collection. Van Noten was inspired by male dancers, and that was reflected in his collection from the bare-chested models wearing unitards/knit waistbands, to down to the dancer-like shoes. The collection had a relaxed, rock-and-roll attitude to it. With large scoop-necks and blousy shirts, it gave an effortless feel and flow to the collection.

What does everyone think of the Paris Collections so far? Let me know in the comments below. In the upcoming days I’ll be reviewing more of the Paris Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections! So stay tuned for those! Laters!


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