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Paris Menswear Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 – Top 5 Shows

Yves Saint Laurent

A collection that entirely contained the color black may seem boring, but it was far from it. Creative Director Stefano Pilati went for quite a ‘mod’ look this season. Models sauntered down the runway in white shirts, black ties, loafers, etc… It all just fit together. There was quite a strong message traveling throughout the show, and it was to say…… WEAR LEATHER NEXT SEASON. Every single outfit that walked down the runway had a piece of leather included. The lapel on a blazer, the gloves, the jackets, the trousers, it all appeared everywhere. Of course we won’t complain about it as it was done so beautifully. Pilati really did it well this time, there was not a look out of place!

Yves Saint Laurent


I am always impressed with the fabric that is experimented in the Lanvin shows. For example the mohair surrounding the inside of a ‘mens’ coat or the orange striped PVC-like top. They never seem to disappoint. Tailoring was a huge part of this collection as it opened the show with an interesting color palette of  mustard, sky blue and deep red which then took us into black, which seems to be a big trend this season. With a wide range of choice, from chunky knit jumpers to patent leather, the Lanvin man will certainly be happy.



This is only the second season for Creative Director Olivier Rousteing, but already it seems he has been there for years. Rousteing proved that he understands the house of Balmain inside and out. Skinny trousers paired with leather boots and exquisitely cut tailoring was shown throughout the collection. Not only did Rousteing show a collection of what we expected, he also showed pieces we did not. Like a wine velvet waistcoat or a chunky knit jumper he tucked into red trousers. All in all it was beautiful collection.



Three words….tailoring, tailoring, tailoring. Nicola Formichetti and Roamin Kremer decided to actually join the fashion industry with the tailoring trend this season instead of completely going the opposite direction. The show started quite safe with white shirts, black trousers and satin coats.  As the show continued fabrics such as PVC and colors such as wine and navy were introduced. The collection had a very minimalist feel throughout but had little twists here and there, like capes and even shirt dresses. I wonder who will wear those shirt dresses next season! Well done to Formichetti and Kremer, I wanted every piece.


Louis Vuitton

Kim Jones created a collection for the man who travels this season. With oversized scarves, silk jackets and beautifully made trench coats, there was something for every man. Jones seems to have relaxed into his position as Creative Director for Louis Vuitton menswear because of his fabric choices. Kangaroo, Astrakhan, silk, need I say more? If the fabrics were adventurous, then it contrasted with the camel trench coats. Every man must have a trench coat and the ones in this collection were nothing but perfect. We must not forget the soft classic leather bags too. It all just came to a huge success.

Louis Vuitton




Filed under: Balmain, Fall/Winter 2012, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Kim Jones, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Mugler, Nicola Formichetti, Olivier Rousteing, Paris Fashion Week, Stefano Pilati, Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Resort 2012

Opening with a striking red leather trench coat, Stefano Pilati (Creative Director of YSL) ventured for a sailor themed show. After all it is Resort.  Anchors were featured on most of the looks, splattered all over shorts or attached as a pin to a pair of wide leg trousers, It seemed to be the core of the collection.

YSL Resort 2012

Ropes were also used to a great amount in this collection. Whether printed on a dress or used as a statement necklace, it tipped off the shows theme with a great effect. While using questionable fabrics in summer, like leather, I can say that the show successfully steered it’s way to shore!

YSL Resort 2012



Filed under: Fashion, Gavin Norton, Resort 2012, Stefano Pilati, YSL, Yves Saint Laurent, , , , , ,

The Met Ball

Last Night the fashion crowd glitzed and glamoured themselves for one of the most important events in the fashion calender, The Met Ball. With a preview of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition and a performance from Florence and the Machine, it seems like the night added up to its expectations. Here are some of the photos.

Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen

Stella McCartney in her own design with Alasdhair Willis

Sarah Burton in Alexander McQueen

Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture with her Daughter Bee Shaffer in Balenciaga

Tom Brady with Gisele Bündchen in Alexander McQueen

Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

Anna Dello Russo in Alexander McQueen

Blake Lively in Chanel Haute Couture with Karl Lagerfeld in Tom Ford

Christina Ricci in Zac Posen

Florence Welch in Yves Saint Laurent with Stefano Pilati

My best dressed award has to go to Vogue’s west coast editor Hamish Bowels, who arrived in Alexander McQueen’s signature tartan print. It even matched the invitation!

Hamish Bowels in Alexander McQueen


Filed under: Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, AMerican Vogue, Anna Dello Russo, Anna Wintour, Balenciaga, Bee Shaffer, Blake Lively, Chanel, Chanel Haute Couture, Daphne Guinness, Fashion, Florence and the Machine, Florence welch, Gavin Norton, Gisele Bündchen, Hamish Bowels, Karl Lagerfeld, Metropolitan Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Institute Gala, Naomi Campbell, Nina Ricci, Sarah Burton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stefano Pilati, Stella Mc Cartney, The Met Ball, Vogue, YSL, Yves Saint Laurent, Zac Posen

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