The just-concluded Paris Fashion Week was packed with casual, comfortable pieces, featuring plunging necklines and seriously short shorts.
Paris was literally on fire last week. At the Dior show during the recently concluded fashion week in the French capital, the heat wave forced some guests to remove their shirts. Blogger Bryan Boy even tweeted a photo of the sweaty butt marks in the show seats.
Editors, bloggers, A-list celebrities and social media stars, some of whom wore the brands hosting their menswear shows, complained about the heat. Perhaps that’s why many of the menswear displays on the spring-summer 24 runway at Paris Fashion Week featured skimpy tank tops, tank tops, tank tops, and shorts of various lengths.
From the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring-Summer 2024 show on June 20
Here are some key trends that emerged:
Tank tops made their presence felt like never before. Plenty of presentations proved you don’t need to layer polo shirts and blazers when you can breathe easy in well-cut tank tops made from summer-friendly fabrics like mesh. Labels like Lazoschmidl, Dries Van Noten, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Egon Lab and Etro saw many of them in the form of pants or micro shorts.
It’s raining cardigans and lightweight preppy jumpers. Louis Vuitton’s Pharrell Williams sent out a pair of cardigans teamed with schoolboy shorts, slightly evocative of Chanel (the design house with which he was formally associated). At the Dior Men show, marking the fifth anniversary of Kim Jones, the designer showed textured tweed cardigans and textured double-breasted coats in the house motif, the Cannage. Meanwhile, Dior tweed jumpers worn with the matching tweed shorts evoked instant appeal. There were plenty of knits at Ami, Amiri, Givenchy, Loewe, Hermès, and Paul Smith as well.
The skin is on
Sheer fabrics in menswear have been popular for a couple of seasons now and this edition of Paris Fashion Week also saw designers like Wooyoungmee, Egon Lab, LGN, Dries, Marine Serre, Ludovic experimenting with sheer fabrics and meshes. techniques. Leather is definitely in.
The Ivy League aesthetic shows no signs of fading, and designers shipped plenty of varsity jackets this season. Bombers have been around for a while and given their variations at Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Wales Bonner, Hermès, Sacai and Alyx, they’ll be everywhere this spring-summer too.
Shorts and more shorts
Big news at Milan menswear week, micro shorts also made their presence felt on the Parisian runway. Brands like Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten, Dior Men and Hermès presented their versions. It was also interesting to see the pleated and tailored knee-length shorts, especially the ones from Givenchy and Ami.
From the Dior show on June 23
While there was an air of sharp utilitarian minimalism to all the brands, some brands ventured into the gloss-maximalist zone. Ami presented an array of sequined shirts, Dries Van Noten offset his vibrantly hued separates with sequined shirts and shorts. Kim Jones’ Dior Men cardigans were accented with cabochons (polished jewels), while Loewe sent some unapologetic head-to-toe sparkly ensembles. Williams’ LV debut also saw shimmering pearls, covering the house’s Damier motif on ready-to-wear garments, bags and footwear.
Most of the designers this season showcased double-breasted blazers, some worn with matching shorts and others with voluminous pants with elongated hems. Ami, Givenchy, Wales Bonner, Dior Men and Egon Lab presented some of the key looks, embodying crossover tailoring.