Menswear Fashion Week wraps up in Paris

It was a short but jam-packed showing this year at Paris Menswear Fashion Week, wrapping up on January 22nd. If you follow the ready-to-wear schedule, you’d know that January is the time for designers to show their fall collections, giving retail buyers plenty of time to stock their stores with the newest fashion trends. Are you interested to know what’s coming up for next fall? Well, Fashion Renegade has you covered. Read on for more information.

Outerwear is always a major category presented in the fall collections. This January, we saw the emergence of the cape as an alternative to the topcoat, both at Paris Fashion Week and in Milan. Yves Saint Laurent and Thierry Mugler were two of the designers that showcasing this option, with Yohji Yamamoto, Miharayasuhiro, Issey Miyake and Dior Homme sending out their own variations. Whether you call it a cape, blanket-coat, or poncho, the verdict is in. You’ll need one for fall 2012.

Perhaps in light of the current political climate, it seems we can’t quite get away from military inspired elements. Whether you like it or not, (which we’re guessing you do), camouflage color palettes were back for fall 2012. Balmain showed a collection deeply rooted in Russian military heritage, while Mugler was clearly inspired by the American Marines. Hats were also presented featuring aviator type detailing, and the bomber jacket was prevalent. Look for exaggerated shoulders not only in military-inspired casual wear, but in suiting as well.

We saw a discrepancy in the color offerings from Milan to Paris, but we’re most intrigued by the statement color of the latter. Red was the must-have hue at Paris Fashion Week, and designers the likes of Issey Miyake, Christian Lacroiz, Acne, Viktor & Rolf, Givenchy, Lanvin, and Junya Watanabe contributed to the color trend. Lacroix showed vibrant red raincoats, while Miyake satisfied both the color trend and the silhouette trend with red ponchos.

Jeans have had their heydey, and designers are now returning to classic chinos and trousers. Cropped suit pants remain on trend, but one of the emerging details seen was the high waist. Dries Van Noten, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rick Owens and Louis Vuitton each presented their own individual take on the raised waist. Following a few years of suffocating skinny jeans, Fashion Renegade welcomes the return of a more relaxed fit.

Last but not least, there seemed to be a tailoring evolution taking place at Paris Menswear Fashion Week. Slim-fit tailoring remains the rage, but the latest innovation included exaggerated shoulders on suit jackets and coats. For men who need a little help obtaining that coveted V-shape, this detail couldn’t have come at a better time. There’s nothing wrong with accentuating your already beefed-up figure with a bulky shoulder. It’s powerful.


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