After a week that saw the beginning of collections from Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton and Kim Jones at Dior, with the rush of star power fueling other designers to up their game with a series of outstanding staged shows.
On Monday, Men’s Fashion Week Paris started with the presentation of Simon Porte Jacquemus who drew the fashion crowd to a beach near Marseille, France, for the launch of his first men’s collection. Next September, Hedi Slimane will stage his first show for Céline, marking the house’s entry into men’s wear, while Kris Van Assche will follow with his debut for Berluti in January.
“The men’s wear landscape is changing and the last few days in Paris set the tone for a new direction. Buyers overwhelmingly loved Dior and Louis Vuitton collections. Dries Van Noten, Sacai, Maison Margiela and Amiri were also cited as standouts.
Vuitton’s rainbow runway, channeling messages of inclusiveness and diversity, resonated powerfully, serving as the focal point for the themes that pervaded throughout the collections. Streetwear remained a dominant trend, with seemingly everyone showing sneakers in a bid to court Millennial consumers.