Sofia Achaval’s Complete Fall 2019 Paris Men’s Fashion Week Diary

by The Daily Front Row

DAY 2: January 17

Louis Vuitton
Designer Virgil Abloh got his inspiration from Michael Jackson, reflecting his style details such as gloves, jackets, and hats. The bags — in striking colors like yellow, red, and fuchsia — stole every look. Towards the end, the lights went out and the true stars of the night could be appreciated: neon glow in the dark bags. The show took the public straight to the streets of New York, not only through the scenography, but also thanks to live performances by artists Jim Joe, Lewy Btm and Futura.

Vetements’ show took place at the Grande Galerie de L’évolitión, complete with an exhibit of life-sized animals. The collection was the ’90s in its best: a combination of textures and overlaid garments in camouflage and floral prints, lumberjack shirts, cargo and denim pants, oversized items, and logo hoodies that were perfectly grunge. Big puffy jackets were a standout that will surely set the agenda for next winter. Ski-masks and items that covered the models’ faces stole every look in a collection, inspired by teenagers and smartphone addiction.

Dries van Noten
Dries van Noten presented his collection at Accor Hotels Arena, which was in a room with big black beams and cement floor. Suits and puffy coats paraded down the runway. The color palette began neutral — predominantly gray, blue, and brown. But tie-dye continuously popped up unexpectedly, culminating in some amazingly colorful, psychedelic looks. Audio of David Bowie and Andy Warhol interviews played overhead, feeding the mood. The wide pants with suspenders was a highlight of the show.

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