Yesterday marked day one of Paris Fashion Week Men's, and it was certainly no disppointing kickoff, with collections from Virgil Abloh, Walter Van Beirendonck and Pierpaolo Piccioli standing out as the key trendsetters for Autumn/Winter '18/19.
OFF WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH presented a sea of pared down silhouttes in muted hues on bare-faced models with unwashed hair, all clashing with the bold red carpeted set. Highlights included a beautiful lilac pinstripe suit, a cropped shearling biker jacket over an all-white ensemble, and a bruised pink tie dye traksuit. A key motif throughout was asymmetry, with shirts warped and tucked over to one side and detailing like embellishment and cut-out shapes on one sleeve or trouser leg only.
Walter Van Beirendonck
The eccentric Belgian designer is back with another rich and varied new collection with all the classic Beirendock signatures that his niche but passionate fanbase thirsts for; like politically charged graphics and prints, multi-coloured knitwear and of course, cheeky and irreverant elemnts like te raincoats with nipple holes, a military-inspired skintight leotard, and transparent tattoo tops. The bold graphic sunglasses worn over coloured fishnet face masks were the cherry on top of each look.
Valentino presented a simple, wearable cllection this season mainly in grey, navy and black. Masterfully tailored skinny-fit trousers were paired with high neck zip-up fleeces worn under long, trim coats in leather, wool or nylon.