Paris Fashion Week kicked off with a bang, showcasing the best of the menswear season for Autumn/Winter 2023. The fashion event also featured legacy fashion houses showing their latest collections as well as some collaborative presentations.
Men’s Fashion Week opened with the return of Saint Laurent. The maison’s creative director, Anthony Vaccarello, has not presented on the official calendar since taking over in 2016, as he usually prefers to show in unusual locations. Likewise, Louis Vuitton’s latest collection was co-created by KidSuper aka Colm Dillane, while Dior paid homage to Yves Saint Laurent with its new collection.
Designers Presented at Paris Fashion Week 2023
From Louis Vuitton to Kenzo, here are some of the highlights from the menswear catwalks at Paris Fashion Week 2023.
At Louis Vuitton, the Fall/Winter 2023 collection was created jointly by the house’s design team together with the American designer and artist KidSuper. The collection focuses on the idea of growing up, portrayed through playful designs and silhouettes. The show opened with a surprise performance by singer Rosalia, and the models walked in oversized suits, trench coats and puffer jackets featuring a heavy mix of bold patterns and wild colours. The color palette focuses on bright hues such as lilac, neon green, orange, blue and maroon, as well as earth tones such as black, brown and white.
Creative director Anthony Vaccarello took a classic approach with Saint Laurent’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection. With timeless pieces and unusual silhouettes, the collection incorporates versatility through garments such as coats, flared blouses, trousers and coats – some of which appear in a variety of fabrics such as wool, cashmere, mohair, smooth leather and patent leather. The collection also included knitted tunics with flared necklines.
Dior creative director Kim Jones paid tribute to the late Yves Saint Laurent through his Fall/Winter 2023 collection. The collection was a mix of old tailoring techniques along with a modern approach. Models were dressed in utilitarian clothes, lightweight knits and leather jackets. In accessories, new footwear was shown, including 3D printed shoes and boots. The show was attended by David Beckham, Naomi Campbell, J Balvin, Robert Pattinson, Gwendoline Christie and Eddie Redmayne, as well as BTS members Jimin and J-Hope.
Louis de Saint-Sernin
At Ludovic de Saint Sernin, leather plays a key role in defining the collection. The looks included sheer and mesh tops, crystal-embellished tops, knits, fringed jackets, denim ensembles, as well as accessories like boas, bags and boots.
Loewe creative director JW Anderson focuses on unconventional silhouettes. The signature piece of the collection was literally a metal jacket forged in the shape of the wearer. Other items included frozen wool and velvet coats that didn’t budge an inch even as the models walked the runway. The rest of the models featured oversized silhouettes such as jackets, coats, pants, as well as bags.
At Kenzo, artistic director Nigo combines elements from the late designer Kenzo Takada’s 1980s portfolio with contemporary iterations that are influenced by British, American and Japanese street culture. In this collection, there was a balance between Japanese design codes and American workwear. The director also paid tribute to the late designer Vivienne Westwood, whose work served as a major inspiration for Nigo. Timeless pieces such as collared jackets, 60s suits, 70s fur coats, knit sweaters as well as patchwork jackets were spotted.
Dries Van Noten
At Dries Van Noten, models walked the runway in fine knits that were paired with mixed fabrics, earth-tone materials, knitwear and bomber jackets in bright patterns and bold hues. The collection also features washed silks and dyed fabrics, as well as textured sweaters in pastel colors.
(Character and Feature Image Credits: Courtesy of Instagram/ Louis Vuitton and Dior)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Answer: Paris Fashion Week takes place at various locations in Paris. For example, the Saint Laurent show was held at the Paris Museum of Art.
Answer: Yes, Paris Fashion Week is held twice a year.