There's nothing like a long weekend in the city of lights to bring out the clothes horse in you. Thus, here's our pick from the cream of the shows at this season's Paris fashion week - look out for highlights from Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Paul Smith.
Kim Jones’ second collection as Style Director at Louis Vuitton was assured, confident and infinitely wearable. A symphony of fluid camel coats, shearling lined bombers, bi-colour jackets and hefty knits, the haircuts were slick, the tailoring super-slim, and the palette understated.
Key Pieces – The leather hold-alls, suitcases and day bags in off-navy.
Yves Saint Laurent
Moody and dark, Stefano Pilati’s AW 12/13 collection featured plenty of YSL’s signature cigarette-slim tailoring with an abundance of black leather detailing on trousers, lapels and jacket sleeves.
Key pieces – the futuristic penny loafers, complete with what look like aluminium spats
Renowned Parisian Bottier Berluti unveiled its first menswear collection in Paris last week and it shone. Featuring beautifully tailored blazers, slim cut suits, satin shirts and chunky knitwear in varying shades of black grey, navy and burgundy, the collection was brightened by the addition of natty patterned scarves, foppish fedoras and simple leather accessories. Bravo Berluti
Key pieces – The leather luggage. It would be safe to say that Berluti has created the perfect holdall
This collection was all about layering. Bright blazers and bomber jackets came in shades of fluorescent orange, cobalt blue and lime green, teamed with muted tailoring, chunky knitwear and shirts worn over polo shirts.
Key pieces - The bomber jacket. From a padded satin version, to a khaki Harrington and a boxy woolen option, Kenzo had it covered.
Kris Van Assche took the colour blocking trend to a new level for his AW 12/13 collection at Dior Homme. A sea of hunter green flooded the runway with blazers, shearling bombers, jumpers, ties and trousers all plastered in a muted version of the shade, punctuated only with splatters of cream, white and black.
Key pieces – The jockey caps in, you guessed it, hunter green
Yet another muted palette at Hermes, with the only punches of colour coming from navy and burgundy velvet suits. Leather, flared and long cut trousers added to the seventies aesthetic, as did the plethora of polo neck jumpers and neckerchiefs.
Key pieces – this shearling collar aviator jacket
Seventies shapes met nineties styling for Lucas Ossendrijver’s latest collection for Lanvin. Fitted great coats with swooping lapels and shearling collars came teamed with suits in blocked powder shades and high-waisted flares, while slim trousers were tucked into moon boots and topped with button-up shirts finished with blinging gold chains.
Key pieces – The shearling topped jockey caps, not a million miles away from those seen at Dior Homme.
An uncharacteristically moody collection from Sir Paul this season, with a sea of charcoal woolen great coats, double breasted cobalt blazers, black bombers and fluid leather jackets brightened by the occasional flash of a patterned trouser leg.
Key pieces – the tongue-in-cheek 'shark-tooth' trousers
Words by Teo van den Broeke