Extended Gallery Of The European Menswear Shows

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See what the world’s leading designers created for the Spring-Summer 2017 menswear shows.

The new season’s shows from London, Milan and Paris are over and it’s time to take a look at some of the prominent trends and statements.

In brief, there was inspiration from the world of travel (Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Balmain); there was the recurring concept of “deconstruction”, also referred to by some brands as “unfinished” or “incomplete” (Margiela, Balenciaga, Valentino) with mixed proportions and jarring silhouettes; there was androgyny (Prada, Facetasm); there was punk/military/bad boy (Dior Homme, Givenchy, Off-White), and in an extension of a growing trend in menswear there was the further encroachment of leisure/sportswear and technical fabrics incorporated into high fashion (Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, MAN, Hermes).

More conceptual avant-garde offerings were seen in the shows by Craig Green, JW Anderson, Christopher Raeburn, Facetasm and Sacai, while of the more “traditional” brands, Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton continues his fascination with Africa to produce a rich vein of work with lush prints on silk, tribal details and a general punk-on-safari vibe; Paul Smith used vibrant colour to remind us of the virtues of peace and positivity in a retroish, Rastafarian-influenced collection; Prada presented androgynous models heavily layered and laden with all sorts of accessories; the relaxed styling of the clothes by heritage house Berluti were beautiful both for the materials used and their wearability.



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