Paris S/S 12: Best of Men’s Denim

Paris continues to provide even more denim inspiration on the runway, with a raft of designers continuing to highlight denim as a key construction within their collections. Stay tuned tomorrow for four more highlights from the week.


Junya Watanabe

As the opening show on Friday morning, Watanabe’s outing was just perfect: sunny weather, a beautiful garden setting, fresh grass, endless croissants and coffee, and – most importantly – an excellent collection of denim. The designer’s longtime fascination with practical workwear took a more laid-back direction this season, with denim overalls, patched denim pants, duck boots and colorful waxed jackets. A clutch of tailored jackets in faded denim or gray checks added an edge to the bucolic vibe, as did shirts crafted from patches of denim and paisley. Watanabe’s simple yet impactful design aesthetic offers men uncomplicated and unpretentious clothing that has been updated in luxurious and subtly creative ways. As Watanabe continues to prove, avante-garde design can be truly wearable.



Acne Studio presented a mix of sophisticated, Scandinavian styling with youthful energy and modern, clean aesthetics in the S/S 12 collection. The classic trucker jacket continues as a key item for Men’s spring denim and the brand looked to subtle yet directional paneling to update the classic block. Jeans were true-blue and rigid in refined and modest carrot fits: a subtle elongated crotch combined with crisp ankle biter lengths to produce a new, smart-casual look. Oh-so-subtle knee patches take the patch-and-repair trend to its cleanest state.

Bill Tornade

Inspired by the rockabilly generation, French designer BILLTORNADE presented a collection full of 1950s references, with reinterpreted classics of rockabilly turn-up jeans, varsity-style twists on western shirt-jackets, hot-rod inspired denim gilets and, of course, quiffs piled up high. Drawing the season’s colors from a rich palette of saturated indigos, pastel chambray blues and splashes of tangerine. Modern, androgynous, yet sexy, the collection was keen on its slim cuts, high quality denims and innovative details.


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