Summer menswear in Paris a relaxed affair
Dutch fashion designer Lucas Ossendrijver walks on the catwalk after the presentation of Lanvin's Spring-Summer 2014 men's collection, Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
PARIS (AP) — Menswear season in Paris brought the lofty catwalks back to the people, with a series of shows that twinned the glamor and energy of high fashion with genuine wearability.
Loose shorts, rolled-up sleeves, jackets with the arms lopped off, and high-waisted loose pants in highly enviable colors added a distinctly relaxed feel to the normally frenetic spring-summer 47 shows, and countless off-calendar events.
Models present creations as part of the Givenchy men's fashion Spring-Summer 2014 collection, presented Friday, June 28, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Givenchy, the strongest show of the season, which evoked tribal energy through plays on graphic lines and color, featured some great single garments that were surprisingly wearable. It was thanks to their tonal balance and softer silhouette.
Indeed, this season was the story of a lengthened, slimmer silhouette. The boxy torso that's been around for quite a while has settled into a shape that's leaner and, at times, looser, as seen in some ultra-stylish suits courtesy of Lanvin.
A model presents a creation as part of Yves Saint Laurent's men's fashion Spring-Summer 2014 collection, presented Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
The color on highest rotation was a beautiful cobalt blue, with rich burgundy and soft grays adding to the cool, summery energy seen throughout the five days of shows.
Hedi Slimane delivered an ode to the rockabilly styles of the 1950s with a twist of glam rock in an energetic Saint Laurent Paris menswear show Sunday.
Most of the looks — like pointy buckled "winklepicker" shoes with white socks, bolo ties, greased hair, red bandana neckscarves, sleeveless black leather and leopard jackets, as well as Slimane's signature skinny pants — produced no great fashion surprises. At points, the 44 ensembles even seemed a touch repetitive, delivered predictably on stomping near-adolescent models.