Few fashion weeks are as international as Paris Menswear season, especially during the pandemic. As designers and marques never reach the French capital yet are determined to be listed on its official show schedule.
Over the weekend, an array of new, highly interesting international labels showcased their latest collections in Paris including Portuguese brand Ernest W. Baker, Berlin-based GmbH, and Danish Henrik Vibskov.
Kim Jones has made Dior Men the king of cool collaborations, though his latest linkup – with Texan rap star, producer and style setter Travis Scott in a Spring/ Summer 2022 collection, was his most powerful to date.
In a busy calendar on the third day of Paris' menswear week, 10 of the 12 houses on the official calendar presented their collections online, without any live audiences. The key message - to thine own self be true.
Certain deep-pocketed brands can stage two shows for their collections. Few have ever pulled off what Louis Gabriel Nouchi managed on Thursday: stage two different brand collections by the same designer in one morning.
Milan Fashion Week Men ended on Tuesday with a sense of unfinished business. Nearly all shows were virtual and there was little buzz in the city, though designers conveyed unreserved optimism in their videos.
Never before had Milan Fashion Week Men showcased so many new international labels, notably Tíscar Espadas and Mans from Spain, Franc Elis and Zenam from Africa, and 424 from California, all waiting to be discovered.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the first designers to host a physical show at Milan Fashion Week, revealed a glittering collection on Saturday, taking inspiration from the artistic light shows of southern Italy.