Men’s Fashion | Part 1: Paris Men’s Fashion Week wrap-up by Marcus Kan

It’s a wrap! The last male model has walked down the runway at Paris Men’s Fashion Week and guest blogger Marcus Kan, fashion photographer, founder and editor of à la mode and fashion director of Ukamaku presents part one of his Paris Mens Fashion Week wrap-up. Check back tomorrow for the last installment from J’adore… guest blogger.

By Marcus Kan

If you think Milan Fashion Week was interesting, then Paris Fashion Week would suit your taste (or more) too!

From left: John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

Instead of a lot of practical wear like the ones you saw in Milan, the collections here are leaning more towards the artistic side. John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier are two fine examples. Both brands have amazing collections but more than half of them are not wearable. Instead of sales, these designers are trying to tell a story to the audience at the runway shows (John Galliano is about the Asian culture while Jean Paul Gaultier is all about James Bond, and they are both twisted).

From left: Dior Homme, Louis Vuitton and Kris Van Assche Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

Unlike the bright colour palette you saw in the Milan collections, designers in the Paris shows are more into a darker tone, or stick to black as the “official color” of the season. Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Rick Owens, Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche are the representatives of the all-black collection. These brands are concentrated on the silhouette and the materials used.

From left: Lanvin, Alexis Mabille, Maison Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

For a slightly earthy tone palette, we have Alexis Mabille, Maison Martin Margiela, Lanvin, and Ann Demeulemeester.

From left: Raf Simons and Walter Van Beirendonck Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

However, if you are a very big fan of vibrant colors, then you should not miss out the Fall/Winter collection from Raf Simons and Walter Van Beirendonck.

From left: Comme des Garçons, Dior Homme, Lanvin and Raf Simons Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

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The oversized silhouette is one of the major trends for designers in Paris. Raf Simons has its oversized cape, Comme des Garcon and Dior Homme has their oversized coats, Givenchy with the oversized shirts and Lanvin with the oversized suits.

For a more detailed walkthrough of some of the brands, visit the Walk the Walk section on à la mode.


About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine,, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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