The Daily Front Row’s Paris correspondent, Sofia Achaval de Montaigu, attends the shows at Paris Men’s Fashion Week and lets us know what is going down on the biggest runway in the City of Lights.
Day 5: January 19, 2020
The beginning of the last day of Paris Fashion Week Men’s started with Lanvin, another brand that chose to have a mixed-gender show. The event took place at the Centre National de la Danse and was attended by celebrities like Gabrielle Union and her husband Dwayne Wade. The setting included light wooden seats and big lights, while Allegria Torassa and Lukas Herrich were in charge of the music. Big double breasted jackets were matched with loose pants and big sneakers, while the suits were longer as the show went by. Women wore voluminous white see-through sleeves with a vintage touch, combined with plaid skirts. Bella and Gigi Hadid walked the runway in elegant silk dresses.
Acne Studios presented new collections at the Carroussel du Luvre. The place was divided by a big white wall, resulting in a simultaneous men and women fashion show, each at one side of the wall but with the same music, making it impossible to see both at the same time. The men’s collection starting point was scientist Robbie Barrat’s neural networks concept, translated into shirts and sweaters with a fretwork-like style and items made of fabric that looked like cables. Traditional clothes like jackets were present as well, although the designer also played with super XL sizes in clothes and bags. The idea for women was a futuristic concept of the past. The clothing’s fabric looked mistreated, as if they faded away because of the years and silhouettes were extravagant, like distorted because of time, all in the same color palette.
The brand turned 50 years old and celebrated with a big show that had a festive feeling. Stars like Vicky McClure, Bill Nighy, Susan Sarandon, Jimmy Page, and Jon Hamm sat first row to enjoy it. Sky blue was a key color in the presentation, used in a big screen and a carpet that covered the runway. Before the show started, a video was projected pictures from the brand’s archives. Highlights of the collection included a floral print on dark denim, which was used for several pieces. More formal clothes like suits were composed of color matching pieces while the urban touch was given by fisherman like hats that were the hit accessory of the collection.