Without further ado… here is Paris Men’s Fashion Week Part 2!
The John Galliano was highly anticipated and had people packed like sardines in the showroom. They waited the show and to see just who would take a bow at the end of the show. This was the first fashion collection after the dishonorable discharge of John Galliano from his namesake label and John did not have a hand in the design at all. Instead Bill Gaytten was in charge of making this surprisingly decent collection. Loose unconventional tailoring was present as the models walked down wearing Johnny Appleseed fashions that left you guessing as to how one would wear this on the street. But not unlike most of John Galliano’s designs, once you pulled the clothes apart the individual pieces were among beautiful and wearable.
The John Galliano evening wear was where the punch of the show was as models rocked sleek satin pants with strong embroidery that really emphasized the silhouette of a stove pipe leg and a very decadent sexy look. The open shirts and undone ties made the whole end of the show leave you with hope that the John Galliano made menswear in Paris this season and the Galliano label is going to be just fine in the hands of head designer Bill Gaytten.
Valentino was obviously moved by active wear for the Spring season as it comprised most of his collection. Don’t let the term “active wear” fool you, the designers made it from material that was not too technical nor was it uncomfortable to wear or look at, the pieces were both casual, and fabulous. All the gumption of a high fashion house wrapped in a K-way!
On a fluffier note, the Walter Van Beirendonck men’s show was absolutely full of color. From a rainbow start to a very… and I mean VERY colorful ending. the silhouettes started out semi-normal enough, two-button vests, pants etc. then onto the suits. Some amazing seam work on the pants but still relatively consistent with pants of other collections… then it happened. The balloon effect. All of a sudden nearing the end the looks started ballooning outward into grand shapes. A pink rounded cylinder, a VERY large green sphere, then it got twisted(yeah even more twisted) then we had three circularish orange shapes on top of one another but not like a snowman… no no this was somtething else. Then came lemon thingy followed by another Mr. Pink Phallic object and finally some light blue grapes or a cloud monster… I can’t tell you what was behind this but I certainly hope Bergdorfs picks up the whole line so we can incorporate it into our uniform here at Fashion Collections for the interns.
Paris would not be Paris without the amazing diversity that we have seen here for Men’s Spring 2012. For all the write ups from Paris Men’s Fashion week click here and let us know which of these were your favorites.