Menswear fashion week kicks off in Paris amid heat

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

PARIS (AP) — As the fashion spotlight moved on from Milan — things heated up in Paris menswear, but mainly due to the sweltering weather that left celebrity guests uncomfortable on the front rows. Among them were singer Joe Jonas and former One Direction star Zayn Malik. The unusual heat — that peaked at 27 degrees — also took fashionistas off-kilter as they eyed the latest fall-winter creations.

Here are the highlights from Wednesday's shows, including Valentino and Lemaire:


It was "a multicultural style concept" for Valentino who based its show on the experiences of a world traveler. The result was an eclectic mix up of couture with jeans, Hawaiian shirts, military and sailor looks, traveler's sandals and sneakers.

The soundtrack inside the storied manor house Hotel Rothschild was Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" anachronistically set to orchestral strings. And the contradictions continued in the clothes.

A red brown jacket with studs on the seams glittered '70s, nearby a Latin American poncho style and a series of enviable black coats with multicolored ethnic motifs that showed off the unbeatable craftsmanship of the Valentino ateliers.



Paris is not famed for its use of air conditioning — and Wednesday confirmed this reputation as temperatures hit 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 Fahrenheit).

Security guards were rushed into the Valentino show as guests — including singer Joe Jonas and former One Direction star Zayn Malik — sweltered inside the conservatory windows. The large French windows were thrown open to reveal an exotic garden, and save the VIPs, some of whom were desperately fanning themselves with their show invitations.

Rather fittingly Malik sported a new summery, bleached blond hair style.

At Lemaire, it was not much better. Guests might have to wait for Thursday morning's Issey Miyake show before cooling down — the house has handed out fashion ice-packs in previous seasons.



Christophe Lemaire channeled soft, unstructured looks that have dappled the Milan catwalks in a saleable fall-winter collection. The softness came in broad, flat jackets with zippers opening at the bottom, long neat apron-like coats, and loose high-waisted pajama-style pants.

Gentle, too, was the soft palette of navy, ochre, blue gray, pale yellow and buttermilk — nicely riffing of the pared-down white decor.

A touch of playfulness was to be found in the monochrome shoes, with an emphasized toe.

Again, for the designer so popular in Asia — there were speckling of Asian works wear influences, and round Asian collars.


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