Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2015, and the European menswear season as a whole, is officially done and dusted. Right now in Paris the Haute Couture collections are being shown, and shortly after that, the entire fashion world as a whole will decamp for New York Fashion Week, which starts on February the 12th. It’s all happening. So without further ado, these my top picks from our week in Paris.Click to Continue!
After a tour of three cities (Florence, Milan and Paris), some 60 catwalk presentations, and far too many nights out, we’ve finally reached the end. Menswear overload has occurred. Lanvin always shows first thing on the last day, and their secret for getting guests out of bed bright and early is simple: sweet treats and cool drinks to revive the spirits and replenish the reserves. The spread included frosted pistachio and carrot loaves, iced coffee, and jasmine green tea. Couldn’t have come at a better moment, either. Some of us didn’t wake up in time to eat breakfast. There wasClick to Continue!
Alongside the multitude of experiences this city affords its visitors, you can’t beat New York for the endless opportunities to meet people you’d usually only communicate with on the internet. This is Pierre Macaigne. He’s the Global PR Coordinator for Lacoste and we’ve been talking via email for quite some time. We caught up this afternoon and he was rocking a garment that I’ve been coveting for about three years – the ACNE X Lanvin denim double-breasted blazer (atop a navy Lacoste polo and jet black jeans). It’s always a bit of a gamble for all concerned when you goClick to Continue!
Tim Blanks – a vision in Prada bananas. Way back when I was still at university – years before I started coming to the menswear shows – I discovered the (now defunct) site men.style.com. I became a fanatical devotee – it was there that I first read Tim Blanks’ reviews and marvelled at the way in which a writer could sum up a collection so succinctly in just a few paragraphs of text. About two years later I found out he was a fellow New Zealander, and I’d pinpoint that as one of the inciting incidents in my decision toClick to Continue!
Photos: Sonny Vandevelde I say this every season, but Lanvin sure knows how to treat a final-day-of-fashion-week audience: it’s a simple formula that includes coffee, tea, water and sweet treats – today’s were donuts and giant cookies that the assembled masses picked at daintily on paper plates (I inhaled mine – as a New Zealander, my ability to not shove food in my mouth is similar to that of an elephant’s). Our setting was the magnificent Bourse de Commerce, a building matched only in stature and light by the Grand Palais – think: enormous, round, frescoed and glass-domed with archesClick to Continue!