Paris Menswear Fashion Week – Fall 2010

Paris Menswear Fashion Week – Fall 2010

The City of Lights was shining a little dimmer this season as the Paris menswear Fashion Week – Fall 2010 – came to a close over the weekend.
The metallic wave of shiny, futuristic fabric that has filled the runway on previous seasons was nowhere to be seen this time.  Instead the runway was awash with more masculine colours, outstanding detail and more wearable garments.  However, there were still some creative visionaries leading the way with their unique perspective on menswear.


TREND: Sharp tailoring, clever detail and skinny suits.
Gaspard Yurkievick Menswear, Tim Hamilton Menswear, Louis Vuitton Menswear – Photos: nymag
The slim trend was everywhere at this year’s fashion shows.  Even the models were skinny which seemed to be a continuing trend on the catwalk from previous seasons. The tailoring was sharp and had some very clever detail to give each garment some fresh features. The suits came out very sexy and more masculine than previous seasons making them more wearable for a range of occasions.

Oversized jackets.
Rick Owens Menswear. Photos: nymag
Rick Owens delivered a show-stopper with some very unique jackets. The construction techniques used in the creation of these garments is what made this show so interesting. Every jacket on the catwalk had its own unique character and even though some looked a bit extreme, others where fantastic. Rick Owens delivered the element of surprise that makes Paris Fashion Week so special.

A splash of colour.
Dries Van Noten Menswear, Victor & Rolf Menswear, Walter Van Beirendonck Menswear. Photos: nymag
A splash of blue was a stand out to behold on the catwalk. It made a refreshing change from the black, grey and green which featured heavily throughout the week. Colours at this year’s event were more masculine with a splash of colour used for emphasis.

TREND: Accessories
Louis Vuitton Menswear, Victor & Rolf Menswear, Smalto Menswear. Photos: nymag
Bags were minimalist with little detail at the Louis Vuitton Menswear show. They have gone from the over-stated shiny bags to a more classic leather bag.



Eye wear is still bold with solid black frames – very James Bond, mysterious but sleek.


Hats are a wardrobe stable over winter and this coming season the knitted, woollen hat is looking like a popular choice. Scarves were oversized and wrapped around the neck to give a cobra-like-look.

TREND: Um…maybe
John Galliano Menswear. Photos: nymag
John Galliano showed why he is the most talked about designer in Paris. He delivered a catwalk spectacle themed around boxing and introduced the world to the male corset. Models walked the catwalk wearing the corsets as exposed garments. It will be interesting to see if this trend catches on as I believe a corset looks sexier on women.

By Craig Lawson

Craig Lawson is the world’s southernmost fashion reporter.
He is 'all over the fashion industry' after spending six years in Sydney and starting his own menswear label.
He returned to his homeland of Southland last year to study journalism and still continues to run his Sydney-based label.
It’s this mix of city/country, which has him calling the style shots, by telling it how it is.
His writing style is bold, sexy and to the point – 'no one is safe.'

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