While Milan captures my vibration it’s the innovation of Paris that enraptures it. The designers of the city of lights always put together something poetically artistic, something stemming from the depths of creativity that can’t be found in places like London or Milan. And thus begins the Mode à Paris Mens Review Part 1 of 2.
It wasn’t Yamamoto’s inspiration of James Bond, 007 nor was it the pops of cautionary sign references but the perfectly painted strokes and line drawings that grabbed ahold of my attention. Albeit seeing a Yamamoto show with suit clad models was an innovative step in the right direction while still keeping the aesthetic of functionality and form. The vivid splashes of colors and skeletal sketches gave a happy ending to the foreplay of the line up of somber hued suits.
Of all the bits and pieces that formulate my love for this industry it’s the ability to merge the world we live in with that which is prolifically creative and wearable. I couldn’t help but notice the Hawaiian florals and embroidered animals, camo and American Native prints, the impeccably constructed outwear, with must have man-bags, even the footwear was on point and wait…is that couture denim? The collection is a cultivation that’s suitable for everyday wear with obvious made-to-measure standards. The creative directors of Valentino put it best not only in the habiliment exhibition but in their stimulus, taking references from many and formulating a perfect unified culture, that of the Valentino man Spring 2016.
I’ll say it before I say anything else…it was the parrots; they got me. Then researching for the referencing of the inspiration for this season brought me to find that this was a collection of a collaborative kind. Designer Yusuke Takahashi fused the work of Yoshinori Mizutani and Luis Barragán to create an equilibrium of natural elements and of artificial, man-made facets. Sourcing Mizutani’s books ‘Tokyo Parrots’ and ‘Colors’ along with Barragán’s architecture in Mexico City; printing and weaving their vibrant imagines onto and into artistically, innovative yet street style ready garments.