Olivier Rousteing Brings Men In Black Down the Runway For Balmain at Paris Fashion Week

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Balmain show had a bunch of badass tracks to go with the flow of 90’s inspired looks from the Men’s collection for 19/20 Fall. Besides the ’90s theme, I’ve seen other influences mixed in, such as nautical elements and dorky, very laboratory looking glasses. The result of all these elements is a”bad boy and “bad” girl look, quite formidable, wearable and looking warm.
Lots of stripes, cool blazers, baggy leather looking pants worn with white sneakers or black shoes. Flat and newsboy caps are added to the majority of the look, worn on the side. It looks playful and almost naive. Carefree even. The jackets and blazers are quite experimental, some with uneven patterns or just plain casual. The “man in black” and the “Matrix” look is there, in the collection, tailored by Olivier Rousteing to be a great representation of the Balmain man and woman.

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Front row: the one and only J. Balvin, Caro Daur, Ming Hao, Jin Han, Regina Anikiy, Luca Fersko, Mariano Di Vaoi, Miles Richie. Love all the names on this list.

Private Policy Presented by GQ China at LFWM

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Men’s Fashion Week is on the go, London being the first stop. Already at its second day of shows, and so much has happened. By looking at a couple of collections, I can see how things have calmed down, sort of, after a very experimental period. At least that’s how I felt about what happened in the past two to three years, strictly men’s fashion speaking. My favorite so far from LVWM Autumn/Winter 19-20 is Private Policy Presented by GQ China’s collection. I vibed with it. There’s a sort of freshness to it, like a forever young spirit. I have seen clothes that could satisfy various needs, ages (if you care) and styles. All of this under the same brand. And on top of that, there’s like a brotherhood transition from a fancy suit to an edgy-looking situation. It’s all connected, even though it may, in theory, look apart. One of my favorite looks is down below.

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Front row: AJ Pritchard, Addis Miller, Eyal Booker.

Dries Van Noten Displays Unpretentious Men’s SS 2018 Collection

Dries Van Noten delivered unpretentious intellectualism when it showcased its Men’s SS 2018 collection at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, on June 22. The location and set up mattered a great deal to the overall impression, replacing the glam runway with a not fancy at all basement library. It almost looked as if Dries Van Noten is testing his own craft, and if that’s the case, which I doubt, he probably opened the champagne bottle by now, because nothing could have outshined the superb quality of the looks he assembled and sent down the runway.

Although a summer collection, the designer hasn’t shy away from experimenting with shades of browns which then he assembled into one outfit. Besides the brown, comfortable pastel shades had a huge say on the collection, changing the mood of the clothes into looking more approachable.

Prints are important too, adding detail but still created not to disturb the dance of layers and colors. Subtle changes were here and there in the cut or perhaps in the styling, but nonetheless, the designers kept the elements we all feel comfortable about, to which he added these beautiful colors and then assembled everything into a modern approach, like for example, exposing male models legs trough the use of shorts. Styling outfits in layers helped transform office pieces into looking streetstyle approved.

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The Good Looks From Louis Vuitton Men’s SS 2018 Front Row

Louis Vuitton showcased its Men’s SS 2018 collection on 22 June, at Domaine du Palais Royal for Paris Men’s Fashion Week. For the occasion, it had invited a bunch of good looking male specimens to sit front row, and I have fallen for it because I’m a hetero chick. Can’t help it. Sorry, Naomi Campbell and Lilly Allen!

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The suit seemed to be the choice to wear for front row display. Actors Goong Yoo and Ben Robson rocked the blue, with Goong showing love for the style of FW 2017 collection, with one side shirt tucked in and belt designed to sit loose. Xu Weizhou’s fresh face worked wonders with the look of his pajama suit. Actor Yang Shuo joined the group looking sophisticated, and Will Peltz kept it comfortable.

Actor Will Peltz

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Gong Yoo

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Yang Shuo

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Xu Weizhou

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Actor Ben Robson

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Rapper Tyga, basketball player Russell Westbrook, actor Luca Calvani, Luka Sabbat and Hidetoshi Nakata were there too.

Highlights of Paris Men’s Fashion Week Schedule

Men’s Fashion Week spring summer 2018 is continuing unraveling men’s collection, leaving behind the city of Milan and lodging in Paris between Wednesday, June 21 and Sunday, June 25. Untill 2 pm Balenciaga, Facetasm, and Icosae have already showcased their collections, with Valentino happening right now after my calculations. Industrialism lover Julius is going to close the day.

Tomorrow is another big day, with Issey Miyake Men starting at 10:30 am, Rick Owens in the afternoon, Louis Vuitton shortly after and other few more brands spread throughout the day. Yohji Yamamoto, Dries Van Noten are there too on display towards the end. Big shows indeed.

Friday is the day when Cerutti and Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus are going to have their collections sent down the runway. Balmain, Dior Homme, and Hermès follow on Saturday and finally Lanvin, Kenzo, and Alexander Mcqueen are having their say on Sunday, with few other more brands. Check the full schedule here.

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Donatella Versace Creates Perfect Balance in Old-New Men’s Theme Collection

Donatella Versace added a glimpse of the brand’s past to her Men’s collection for Milan Fashion Week on June 17 by partnering up her own empowering silhouettes with silky ensembles styled with Greek motifs. Her new approach influenced both men’s show and women’s little capsule collection which she sent down the glass runway, improvised outside in the superb courtyard of Via Gesù 12. No wonder Donatella brought up the past since this collection falls right in time for the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s death.

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Bussiness looking stripes, velvet caps, scarfs, combined silk shirts, metal chains, pinstripes, white embroidered old logo T-shirts and optical prints made peace, balance and perfect sense to an elegant yet dynamic collection. As a plus, model Candice Swanepoel walked the runway in Donatella’s final look from women’s capsule collection.

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Armani Upgrades Men’s Collection To Millennials Standards for SS 2018 Season

For Milan Men’s Fashion Week Armani had assembled a much younger version of its craft to be presented on the runway for spring/summer 2018 on June 17. The key word of its entire collection is millennial, and the designer made sure that the message is loud and clear, yet making smart choices that align to what Armani brand represents.

Choosing to collaborate with ‘Treat You better’ singer Shawn Mendes for modeling the new Armani watch has not only strengthened the bond between brand and fans but brought a wave of new followers on the table. And let’s face it, Mendes does seem to be a great brand ambassador, even though he’s young. The singer appeared at the end of the show and walked the runway after a brief video preview of Armani’s new smart watch featuring Mendes.

On collection, the designer did very well in aligning the Armani image to the millennial standards by creating pants with a neutral appearance. The highlights of the collection are the dress pants and all Japanese influenced pieces, such as kimono jackets and pants with a skirt on the back.

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It’s a Menswear Fashion Affair in London For LFWM June 2017

London Fashion Week Men’s is currently taking place in London and started on Thursday, June 8, with a 5th-anniversary party for LFWM. The presentations, shows and events will unfold until Monday, June the 12th and will be revealing menswear trends from designers and brands for spring-summer 2018 season.

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Liam Hodges kept it sporty and boyish with tracksuit jeans pants and cool hoodies for his SS 2018 collection that he had on Friday. Same day designer Raimund Berthold sent down the runway monochromatic silhouettes in black and yellow, to which he added diversity with colorful geometric pattern pieces. Xander Zhou was there too on Friday, showcasing a 70’s shapes influenced collection to which he added a worker uniform feel.

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Label SONGZIO follows to show on Saturday and Monday afternoon designer Vivienne Westwood is back with her established gender-mixed fashion show wich will reveal works for SS 2018. Check the full list of designers presenting collections at LFWM here.