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Best of Paris Menswear Fashion Week: Trends

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Watching fashion shows from different cities, one begins to ascertain certain aesthetic trends.  While not everyone follows them, there is a good chance that they will.  For example, when it comes to menswear, Milan is known for revitalizing a traditional, and proven aesthetic.  While cuts may change minimally, and new materials may be introduced, they basic format doesn’t.  It’s normally in Paris that men in skirts, dresses, and leggings are introduced.  Parisian designers are known for theatrics and pushing the envelope(which may be why Thom Browne decided to show there this season).

With this being said, every season there are a few trends that span the entirety of show schedules.  Fall 2011 is no different.

Crimson Suiting- Probably first seen at the Dolce and Gabbana show in Milan, crimson suiting continued into the Parisian shows.  Alber Ebaz and Lucas Ossendrijver sent down the look above as a part of a collection for Lanvin that contained a mystique of times past and the tailoring of those to come.Sloping Shoulders- Mostly accomplished by oversized blazers and jackets, it seems that for some designers, sharp precise shoulders isn’t the way to go.  Also shown at Prada in Milan, Stefano Pilatti brought out the sloped shoulder for YSL show.  Lapels, as a whole for the collections seemed shorter and more slender while, suits(that of course weren’t oversized) were slimmer and more streamlined.

Orange- Burberry Prorsum, D&G, Mugler, the list goes on.  It seems that orange is a color that needs to be in every man’s closet come Fall.  Marc Jacobs and Paul Helbers sent down a few pieces with orange incorporated into them for the Louis Vuitton collection. With fur, bags, belts, puffa jackets, suits, and even gloves, the collection is most certainly a complete wardrobe if nothing else.Leather-It began at Trussardi 1911 at Pitti Uomo and continued all the way through Milan and into Paris.  Leather was the fabric of choice for Fall(Trussardi actually doing their entire collection out of it)and came in a variety of colors.  The Hermes collection carried on the existing legacy of the brand, featuring lush turtlenecks and a few scarves.

Full brimmed hats- Full brimmed hats are no new phenomenon and if labels like Ermanno Scervinco and Lanvin have anything to say about it, it won’t be one that is easily forgotten.  The hats sent down at Dior seemed to compliment the collection well.  Mostly dark in nature, the collection championed a long silhouette, and a fairly minimal aesthetic.

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