Following London Men’s Collections and Pitti is Paris Fashion Week which features all of the new season designs for SS14. A variety of colours, shapes and styles were shown by some of our favourite designers. We’ve been following all the shows and debating which trends will be big for men next season. Read on for the official Jules B round up…
Sir Paul Smith brightens up any fashion week and the SS14 Men’s Show in Paris was no exception. With nods to the 70s through the use of acid tones and sportswear styles, the colour palette comprised a variety of bubblegum and hot pinks along with hues of yellow and peach with monochrome highlights. The silhouettes shown were consistently sharp and tailored, offsetting the dramatic colour palette and sportswear references perfectly. Prints were playful, as grinning clowns and magic mushrooms peeked out in panels of contrasting fabrics epitomising the British humour and quirk of Sir Paul Smith. Even the accessories had a contemporary twist, classic Oxford shoes had fluoro details and bags had luxury finishes to update traditional designs. Shop the PS by Paul Smith, Paul Smith Jeans and Paul Smith London collections at Jules B Online now!
Seeking inspiration from the “New Wave”, Kenzo’s SS14 Collection featured colour blocking, wave imagery and text-emblazoned tops. A variety of structured and unstructured pieces were shown, all with a sportswear influence to the cut. Blue was the hue of the moment, accented with scarlet red, white and black – simple but effective. Board-style shorts and colour blocking also provided a way for the West Coast influence to be conveyed.
While others embraced new wave themes, British heritage tailoring and traditional fabrics, the SS14 Louis Vuitton show was a visual representation of the American Dream. Letterman jackets, tweed two piece suits and shorts stormed the Parisian catwalk resulting in Americana fever. Prints, styles and textures were varied, from checks to croc, plaid to paisley and acid to aviator, the show was an explosion of interest which captivated the audience. Watch out for burnt oranges, hues of blue and shades of mocha for your SS14 wardrobe, gentlemen! With a range of cuts and styles, from tailoring to casual wear, the Louis Vuitton show was a resounding success.
The SS14 Menswear collection from Cerruti opened with a palette of monochrome, all cut into sleek tailored shapes. Highlights of burgundy, teal and mocha began to emerge in the form of suits and contrasting sleeves, while necks were adorned with printed silk scarves. A fabulous paisley was also shown, covering coats and lining to provide a stand out point of difference within the collection, adding a traditional fabric to an otherwise slightly futuristic collection. The SS14 Collection was progressive and innovative, showing new lines in tailoring and a variety of textured fabrics. While you’re waiting for the collection to land, you can shop the SS13 Cerruti 1881 Collection at Jules B Online now.
Jean Paul Gaultier
He’s back! Fashion’s fallen angel Jean Paul Gaultier has returned to fashion week after his fall from grace. Showing a small, simple collection comprising ten looks in a presentation, his designs have matured while retaining his individual flair. His tailoring is as exemplary as ever, and the playful variety of prints is confident and progressive. Florals meet pinstripes to generate a new look and break down boundaries. A base of monochrome is highlighted with royal blue and a vibrant floral pattern. He may be the worst behaved man in fashion, but his talent is undeniable. Welcome back Mr Gaultier!