Plus, Carine Roitfeld shares her long-term goals for "CR Fashion Book."
And Kris van Assche closes his eponymous label
Couture is well underway, making it easy to forget all the fantastic menswear shows that hit the Paris runways over the weekend. Luckily we had Flaunt's fashion director and Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen there to report back. Here, his take on Givenchy's homage to Africa and the boom box; Dior's elegant yet sporty, more laid-back vibe; and Thom Browne's wild take on military.
Long Nguyen is the co-founder and style director of Flaunt. Our contributor Long Nguyen has made it through the men's shows and is well into couture
PARIS--Rick Owens and Kris Van Assche might seem like stylistic opposites, but both their shows forecast a gentle, ergonomic warrior coming from a not-so-distant future. Think bare calves, leather on wool and flowy hair. (Did I just hear Emmanuelle Alt?) Rick Owens introduced neo-Goth to the fashion planet a few years ago--and since, the whole world caught on: walk on any high street and you’ll find a gazillion brands stocking leather, sheer and black, black, black. So when you are Rick Owens, where do you go next? The designer has chosen a mature, controlled path. His collection shown last night in Paris included kimono folds (a tad like Haider Ackerman’s last woman collection), grey hues, softer wools, slipper-like shoes: more inner peace, less outer chaos. “I’m not in the same place I was five years ago. I feel that what I’ve shown today is very different from when I started, and will be too in another five years,” Rick Owens told us after the show. “A designer always evolves. There is a sense of continuation but also of constant movement--but at core you just have to stay true to yourself.”
With 70s styles emerging as the go-to look for stylish boys this fall, we're starting to wonder if the male turtleneck - that staple of 1970s America