Paris Fashion Week | Men’s Recap

The highly-anticipated Men’s Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2022 started on January 18 and concluded on January 23. These five days may have been short, but offered enough time to present a broad range of bold and elegant styles to usher in the new year. This year’s event surely did not disappoint and was filled with many iconic moments. Here is a recap of the Men’s Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Fall 2022. 

Virgil Abloh’s Last Louis Vuitton Men’s Collection

Death snatched trailblazing designer Virgil Abloh from us last November, but his genius lived on during this year’s event thanks to a final show. Louis Vuitton displayed the late designer’s final collection, which was marvellous and somewhat ethereal. The collection featured the many signatures and hints that he had fused into his work throughout his short but inspiring time at Louis Vuitton until his untimely death.

Comic-style book illustrations sprung to life, and onlookers got a rare sight of hats with spike ears. Also, there were lace kits worn as wings, men in skirts, and many more ideas illustrative of the talented designer’s endless creative potential.

Louis Vuitton

More Experimental Ideas From Rick Owens

Rick Owens is undoubtedly one of fashion’s most avant-garde designers, and fashion enthusiasts eagerly anticipating his Autumn/Winter 2022 collection were certainly not disappointed. The Paris-based American fashion designer’s show featured helmets inspired by archaic Egyptian artefacts with lightbulbs and hoods.

There was also a sleeveless T-shirt on display with the word “URINAL” boldly written in the centre. Owens himself has disclosed in the past that he intended to present things that are alternatives to the regular aesthetics we are used to in the everyday world. It is safe to say his experimental ideas at this year’s event certainly achieved this aim.

Tribute To Christian Dior

Dior Men’s artistic director Kim Jones went all out for his latest’s collection by staging his event on a recreation of the Pont Alexandre III. This recreation did more than pay homage to the city. It also paid tribute to Christian Dior, one of the most iconic names in fashion and a popular brand among gentlemen shopping at any men’s designer sale.

Jones is widely renowned for his creativity and willingness to collaborate with various artists. However, he decided to pay homage to Dior himself by delving deep into the archives. The most significant result of this was his version of Dior’s popular “Bar” jackets for men, which had double-breasted finishes with top-stitched seams. There were also coats in cannage quilting and jewel-covered Derby shoes on display.

Bluemarble’s First Runway Show

Bluemarble from Anthony Alvarez hosted its inaugural runway show this season. The collection fused European sophistication, American sportswear, and Filipino art to create eccentric and cosy-looking clothes.

The first looks were reportedly inspired by colour-rich sails of traditional boats in the Philippines. The Bluemarble collection also featured a lot of 90’s sunglasses, kaleidoscopic knitwear, and tailored coats with glittered hems coupled with ankle boots evocative of surfwear.

Traces Of Gaultier at Y/Project

Glenn Martens’ Y Project has become a staple for fashionistas seeking daywear with a conceptual vibe. He presented a collection filled with legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s trompe l’oeil prints this season. Glenn Martens, the creative director for both Diesel and Y/Project, took one of Jean Gaul Gaultier’s most recognizable prints and reinterpreted it in his own way. Last year, it was announced that Martens would be a one-season creative director for the Jean Paul Gaultier label.

New Ideas At Loewe

Loewe’s creative director, Jonathan Anderson, is widely renowned for his broad thinking and skill at creating memorable clothing designs. For this year’s Men’s Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Fall 2022, Anderson presented denim micro-shorts and a jumper with a heart-shaped keyhole exposing the left nipple.

He also offered a gloved sweater with lengthy fabric strings dropping from the fingertips and a topcoat decorated with holiday lights. There was also a knit muumuu with a white cat balancing a brightly-coloured parakeet on its head. Speaking to the media, Anderson said that the collection was partly inspired by what we see every day on our phone screens.