PARIS--It's always fascinating to see how one dominating trend can lead to such varied re-interpretations. No need to tell you this fashion week’s leading look is 1950s yacht wear: blue, white and Moët. Yet two shows yesterday offered a radically different way of going on holiday.
Issey Miyake: Although the house’s new menswear designer hasn’t been revealed yet, the collection was nevertheless Miyake-like and modern, including ultra baggy pleated trousers worn with light jackets for a soft, relaxed suit look. There were black and blue printed pants, paired with earth-toned jackets. Those were accessorized with panama hats and plastic bow ties, resulting in a silhouette both mature and lighthearted. In other words, something that suits your dad and your boyfriend, too.
Alexis Mabille: Mabille’s collection was galaxies away from Miyake’s (and probably won’t suit your boyfriend – unless he likes to run around in nothing but zebra-print handbags and Y-fronts). Indeed, the show was sponsored by French male underwear company HOM (best known for bringing thongs into masculine wardrobes). To set the tone, the show kicked off with a strip-tease down to the models’ underwear, followed by much ab-ction: swimming wear, bathrobes, but also this season’s beach-look: white and blue, but tight, zipped, and layered. Mabille in a nutshell? As Alexis told us backstage, “Pretty boys, pretty body, pretty underwear – simple, non?”
**All photos by Imaxtree.