Paris menswear season ends with ode to the colorful '80s
PARIS (AP) — Paris menswear shows reached a colorful 1980s-infused climax on Sunday, the last day in the spring-summer 2016 collections that saw the City of Light glistening in a summer heat wave.
Here are the highlights including Lanvin, Paul Smith and Agnes B.
LANVIN CONTINUES 80's-TINGED LOVE AFFAIR
NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire continued his whistle stop tour of Paris Fashion Week, arriving at Lanvin with his wife for the Sunday morning show.
In the collection, co-designers Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz continued their recent flirtations with the '80s, offering up a varied collection — dominated by neutral colors.
The show's opening statement — an oversize pale gray polo shirt with a model with slicked-back hair — set the clock firmly back to the era of exaggerated volume and form.
More '80s references abounded — like a huge, voluminous blue suit, with big round shoulders, turned up sleeves, and high-waisted pants — and white patent and punk-looking boots. Elsewhere, a turned-up collar on a stylish pea coat cut a graphic silhouette, especially with the floodlit lighting inside Paris' storied Left Bank Ecole des Beaux Arts.
In other looks, there were flashes of detail, embellishment and layering — tassels flapping down from long jerkins, necklaces, hoops on belts, and neck scarves.
The collection packed no great surprises, but was consistently stylish.
AGNES B. MIXES SOBRIETY AND MADNESS
It was an eclectic mix of styles in Agnes B.'s creative pot Sunday.
A sober start of black-and-white suit and shirt styles was followed by white jeans and a snug-looking denim jumpsuit that the Parisian designer, bien sur, twinned with a Left Bank-standard foulard.
But there was a welcome flash of madness.
Two psychedelic, multi-colored hoodies, burst onto the catwalk midway through, with one nicely evoking the decorative swirls of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. And the psychedelic was repeated in a pair of flower power shirts.
The color chapter also produced the show's most on-trend moments — with citrus yellow (one of the main colors of the season) appearing on turned up pants, and a shirt. But the extent of the creative madness ended here.
PAUL SMITH'S COLORFUL EIGHTIES
Paul Smith is perhaps the menswear designer most closely associated with bold color.
Sunday's show proved why — with the British designer cleverly riffing off the trend for the 80s by reviving that decade's often-overlooked penchant for vivid hues on exaggerated jackets and pants.
The first clue to this mission was an oversize burnt orange jacket with angular shoulders — that hanged loosely down to the mid-thigh. It was masterfully contrasted with a subtle vermilion in the shirt and high Eighties pants.
The most eye-catching of the colorful looks — were some on-trend citrus yellow pants — a hue that flashed back in boots, a shirt and a sweater later in the collection.
There was also a hint of the dazzling era of Glam Rock — with one bold, shiny gray double breasted jacket and stylish skinny tie.
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