PARIS (AP) - Lanvin's Lucas Ossendrijver celebrated one glorious decade as menswear designer of the storied Parisian house in a highly-anticipated show that saw the Palais de Tokyo venue bursting at the seams with guests.
PARIS (AP) — Lanvin's Lucas Ossendrijver celebrated one glorious decade as menswear designer of the storied Parisian house in a highly-anticipated show that saw the Palais de Tokyo venue bursting at the seams with guests.
Here are some highlights of the final day of spring-summer 2017 menswear collections.
OSSENDRIJVER'S 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Since Dutch-born Ossendrijver was tapped to revitalize the floundering Lanvin menswear line 10 years ago, he changed the face of the house.
The designer, who cut his cloth at Kenzo and then Dior Homme, successfully modernized the men's line founded by Jeanne Lanvin in the 1920s with his signature layering and fashion-forward approach.
Ossendrijver even made fashion history in 2006 by creating the first high-fashion urban leather sneakers that have now become an iconic style item.
Under his tenure the men's line has become an unmissable show on the Fashion Week calendar, restoring Lanvin's place as one of the most influential Paris lines.
Ossendrijver was on top form for his anniversary collection, fusing styles from the 60s and 80s in the Paris runway show that had fashion insiders cheering.
One leitmotif was colorful variations on the Breton stripe that had its heyday in the 1960s.
The archetypally French style was a very apt design idea to mark the milestone at what is one of Paris' oldest labels.
Stripes in caramel, white, gray, blue and red graced shirts and vests with great optical kinesis.
Demonstrating Ossendrijver's eye for detail, the 60s theme carried through in long narrow scarves, rainbow stripes, big gray check suits and funky flat, round-toed pumps with color-contrast laces that were all popular in that era.
These 60s fashion codes were mixed with exaggerated 80s layering that defined the collection silhouette and over the years has become a touchstone for Ossendrijver's aesthetic. A billowing, oversize coat, for instance, perfectly captured that period's exuberance.
And other looks that riffed off contemporary color-blocking style made for a rich collection befitting of the milestone.
AGNES B.'S MULTICULTURALISM
Bright color and Africa were at the heart of Agnes B.'s spring-summer collection that celebrated cultural fusion.
A Persian blue tunic opened the show vibrantly — setting the African tone that was later fused with Western styles.
Multicolored African wraps contrasted with T-shirt prints that humorously celebrated African multicultural cult in France, a political hot potato with the growing popularity of Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front.
A top in blue spelled out the famous Gallic mantra "Vive la..." ("Long live...") with an image of the African continent coming after, instead of an image of France.
Elsewhere, Western styles — like a cobalt hoody and baseball caps — fused with African beading.
Many of the looks were beautiful, but arresting, and were certainly not for the shy dresser.
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