PARIS (AP) — Paris Fashion Week’s menswear shows kicked into high gear on Friday as fashion insiders geared up for Dior’s spectacular afternoon show.
Here are some highlights from the Spring-Summer 2023 shows so far.
PAUL SMITH LAGEN
A fresh and sensitive wardrobe awaited the guests at Paul Smith’s spring show in southeastern Paris.
Layering and visual play were the themes of the season, in looks that built on the British tailor’s bread-and-butter of color, florals and appropriate looks.
A gorgeous silver jacket ensemble, loose and flowing, cut a trendy preppy vibe with its suit shorts drawing attention to socks and suede loafers.
Elsewhere, it was the realm of soft optical illusion in patterns that gave various ensembles a kinesis.
A granite-colored tunic shirt was made of fluted fabric that rippled down in zigzags that changed shape as the model walked.
JUNYA WATANABE MAKES A STATEMENT OF DENIM
The Japanese fashion designer – a protege of iconic Comme des Garcons couturier Rei Kawakubo – released an urban, yet soft display for his eponymous brand on Friday.
At the heart of Junya Watababe’s designs is a concept called “Monozukiri”, which literally means “production” or “manufacture” in Japanese and for him it has evolved into a know-how of advanced techniques to make clothes.
Here for spring, contrasting prints, patterns and textures created visual tensions, while distressed jeans with an oblique cut, brimming with colorful appliqué patches, gave the collection some fun.
Coca-Cola logos and images of hamburgers on jeans provided a commentary on the capitalist nature of the world – and the fashion industry itself – in a beautiful moment of introspection.
There were plenty of interesting design twists: a denim jacket made of Japanese denim had a royal stiffness, which contrasted nicely with the shabbiness of one of the chest pockets that was missing.