MEN'S PARIS FASHION WEEK FALL/WINTER 2014 #2

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Oh, menswear is so much more fun and jolly! After debuting in London and Milan earlier this month, the Fall/Winter 2014 menswear collection had hit Paris for another round down the runway. For many of the shows that have already happened like Rick Owens, womenswear darling Haider Ackermann returned to the Paris men's schedule for the second straight time, Dior couturier, Raf Simons had opened his menswear atelier with artist Sterling Ruby to create a highly anticipated collection. I'm all too guilty. I've always been a part time blogger and it is too bad that I'm still blogging about the menswear Fall/Winter 2014 collection while couture week has begun. Yeah OK, cut the crap and back to the topic. 


Say "Louis Vuitton" and we all think of Marc Jacobs, but Kim Jones' recent collection for Louis Vuitton have dedicated to the traveler. Kim Jones' latest work was a futuristic take on South America, you know alpaca trimmings and super-sheek hiking boots. In the collection also feels more relaxing and romantic, maybe it's the draped blankes, slung over one shoulder. It's perfect for a relaxing cruise to the escape the cold. Of course, this Louis Vuitton had all the hallmarks of any Louis Vuitton collection like luxurious fabrics from cashmere to vicuna, to ultra luxe waterproof bags. 


"I wanted to do a honest and direct collection. Things I want to wear, and you want to wear." That was Damir Doma starting part for his Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Well, Damir Doma gave me a surprise. The mixed media jacket was brilliant, using patent leather for 3/4 of the sleeve, rather than the full sleeve, and the slightly oversized cut fell in line with the silhouette. The texture coat or wavy pattern on the well tailored, slender suit was shine the whole collection up.


There is no surprise Dries Van Noten challenged menswear once again at his Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Van Noten went a little bit brighter than the pack, showing luxe velvet smoking jackets with jeans and sneakers, ruffled tux shirts with denim bombers. Van Noten always played on structure, print, color and fur ultimately and the result was pretty impressive. 


Yohji Yamamoto Fall/Winter 2014 collection makes me want to wear more colors. It was a verifiable smorgasbord patterns and prints. Brilliant Yohij Yamamoto channeling a strong connection with nature floral, and leaf pattern for his Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The whole look load of the multiple layered pattern with earthly color palette. Frankly to tell, I admire Yohji Yamamoto's aesthetics. 


Sporty streetwear is Alexander Wang's niche and for Fall/Winter 2014 collection, the way he use the leather was pretty interesting and gave his men's collection an edge. The fabrics are mixed in like the outerwear, some in fur, some in wool, some in knit as well. It also helped often the whole collection and amazingly still keep the overall appearance very sharp.


This collection is all Olivier Rousteing! For Balmain Fall/Winter 2014 collection, Rousteing showing off animal prints on boots, rider jacket and varsity jackets. Looser fit found a bush leather cut from soft leather with drop crotch cargo pants, and of course the Balmain's iconic must-have quilted sweatpants. The whole collection link me to the human side of the safari. 


Always a hot topic. The Givenchy Fall/Winter 2014 collection show was held on a basketball court and the basketball theme was realized on simple but very chic color-blocked shorts and knits. Mixing in orange and yellow prints, oversized pockets, and darkly dyed furs. After Riccardo Tisci's incredibly pattern-heavy Spring/Summer 2014 collection, the Fall/Winter 2014 collection we all know that Riccardo Tisci is one of the geniusses of this generation. 


Something different for Junya Watanabe Fall/Winter 2014 collection. This time he went a bit androgynous and glam rock, courtesy of David Bowie. Punk meets futuristic Britain in a array of top-hats and double-breasted coats styled with colorful and choppy hairs. We still can see Watanabe's signature patched denim and multi-pocket outerwear still clean and remaining more wearable. The oversized clown ties put together with knits are caught my attention too.


Maison Martin Margiela, the name known not only for its expert tailoring, but also for sourcing fabrics. On the whole, the French-Belgian house keeps things relatively conservative with suiting options that are more relaxed than previous seasons alongside oversized, boxy coats. The way Maison Martin Margiela working in leather for a hard edge, the single-breasted mid length coat were offset by a raw leather jacket worn underneath. 


Rei Kawakubo presented another dramatic collection for Comme des Garcons Fall/Winter 2014. Played with fit and finish in a few ways like short and trim blazers were paired with flared trousers while elsewhere, holes replaced pockets. The collection consists of a wide range of suiting options with details and accents that included white, red, and purple. However, the highlight of the collection was the "wigs-mask" that cover each of the model's faces. 


Evangeline Yan


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