Jun 16, 2017 | By Alice Gividen
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Men’s Fashion Week shows continue apace with the latest Parisian runways, full of denim inspiration. Stylesight presents a best of denim roundup from the French capital.
The final shows in Paris (June 29th) marked the closure to the menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Week schedule. With its portfolio of high end designers the city rarely pushes out as much casualwear and denim as counterparts like London. However, the summer shows in the French capital presented a notable volume of indigo and denim this season with designers delivering unique and unexpected takes on the staple fabric. Here, Stylesight rounds up the key denim looks to emerge from the catwalks.
Watanabe’s seasonal dip into workwear themes took more of a definite turn this season, with the designer modernizing his go-to utility staples with an indigo palette and a multitude of Japanese-inspired textures. Micro jacquards, dobbys, sashiko surfaces and his signature indigo patch working all carried a strong sense of the sartorial artisan, modernizing what Watanabe does best.
For Summer, Yohji Yamamoto took a trip through various indigo traditions from the Texas tuxedo to Japanese workwear and uniforms, delivering a full-blown selection of denim-on-denim in vivid bright cast shades. Silhouettes were upscaled with chore coats, and were updated with Gakuran Tsume-eri (traditional Japanese school uniform jackets), while classic denim shirts came with bellowing sleeves and jackets sliced in half.
Carol Lim and Humberto Leon took a hyper-stylized tourist jaunt through Paris this season – their muses clad in pastel parkas, transparent sweaters and tapered cycling trousers. Denim was effortless in mid-indigo stonewashed surfaces and classic menswear shapes.
Hedi Slimane’s S/S 15 show brought much heated debate with an even more formulaic collection than ever – its polished take on rock ‘n’ roll vintage shown on obscure skinny, scrawny teens. This season, Slimane looked to the ’70s psych rock influence with a cult casting sporting beaten skinnies, suede rider jackets, sequined waistcoats and cowboy boots.
Kris Van Assche carried a subtle nautical theme throughout his elegant S/S 15 Dior Homme show via functional toggled jackets, wide-set awning stripes and a fresh palette of red, yellow, white and indigo. From deep and saturated coatings to washed out `90s shades with allover hand-written prints, the show was full of indigo inspiration.
Head over to Stylesight’s Runway: Quick Look to see the full collections from the S/S 15 shows.