Wrapping up the men’s fashion shows for spring/summer 2014 over the weekend, Paris hosted more than 40 collections from the likes of Alexander Wang, Hermès, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ami and Kenzo Takada.
A black and white palate dominated was a common, but also shades of blue and red. Other trends included oversized jackets mixed them with shorts of various lengths—from loose and pleated to short shorts.
Thom Browne was one to watch for his military inspired attire (and no, we don’t just mean camo). Browne’s models—or as many have referred to them, “toy soldiers”—were decked out like officers and sky captains, with long vinyl jackets and flaring skirts, mirrored sunglasses and bold red lipstick. With the show taking place at the iconic military academy l’École Militaire, Browne might have been trying to make a comment about gays in the military.
Speaking of gays in the (quasi) military,
Louis Vuitton’s Boy Scout-inspired patches and jackets also suggested a strong queer political bent, though the company has never been big on politics. LV also had an array of plaids going on, and a line of suits accessorized with boutonnieres that made the models look prom-ready.
Other edgier and in some case artful apparel included:
Givenchy and it’s colorful tribal warriors
Saint Laurent and the new ultra skinny pants
Raf Simons’ rompers and oversized pop art tees
Issey Miyake’s use of graphic patterns
Rick Owens’ goth-rocker collection (his best)
Dior Homme’s patchwork suits
Comme Des Garçons’ pleated shorts
Paul Smith’s color spectrum; which included hot pink and canary yellow.
Check out more men’s fashion for spring and summer 2014 at last month’s London fashion week, and start stocking up on crop tops. You’ll see.
Andrew Villagomez is off to think about his new toy solider. He tweets as @AndyVeeNYC.