Olympic spectacle upstages menswear Fashion Week in Paris – WJLA

by THOMAS ADAMSON, Related Press

A mannequin wears a creation as a part of Cerruti Males's Spring Summer season 2018 vogue assortment, offered in Paris, France, Friday, June 23, 2017. (AP Photograph/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — It is uncommon that an occasion can upstage a prime Paris Fashion Week present happening in the French capital's ornate Grand Palais.

However friends arriving on the Cerruti show witnessed one — and flocked to take in a significant aquatic spectacle taking place on and under the gilded Alexandre III bridge as Paris tried to woo Olympic officers in its bid to host the 2024 Summer season Olympics.

Listed here are the highlights of Friday's spring-summer season 2018 menswear collections at Paris Fashion Week.


Fashionistas gathered round cheering crowds Friday as synchronized divers plunged off diving boards on Paris' well-known Alexandre III bridge, twisting in the air earlier than splashing into the cool water.

To spice up the town's 2024 Summer season Olympics bid, Paris created an ephemeral Olympic swimming pool in the River Seine.

Excessive-divers plunged, whereas trampoline athletes somersaulted contained in the Petit Palais artwork museum. Runners raced on a floating monitor because the Metropolis of Gentle turned a few of its world-well-known landmarks over to sports activities for 2 days in the hopes of wowing the Worldwide Olympic Committee.


"Chief Artistic Officer" Jason Basmajian of Cerruti 1881 brings as a lot a enterprise strategy to his vogue designs as an inventive one. Friday's saleable assortment was a case in level.

Whereas the 49 seems did not break any molds— barring the odd gold tuxedo — they had been elegant, masculine and extremely wearable.

Free fits with dishevelled, typically Bermuda, shorts and extensive-pleated pants outlined the pared down aesthetic — rendered crisper by the present's vibrant white medical lighting. Slicked again hair, spherical shades, belt straps hanging from the waist and tassels accessorized these kinds alongside massive extensive-toed leather-based footwear or sneakers.

This show was very a lot tailor-made for a masculine man who's not in modern menswear's flamboyant excesses.

Regardless of this, Basmajian was not afraid of utilizing colour. Yellow-inexperienced, coral, pale peach, navy, burnt caramel, cream and dusty ultramarine all made it into Cerruti's menswear fashions — however they had been all the time dealt with with restrain.


Fashion homes are blurring the traces between female and male kinds to the purpose that it has develop into a tangible runway pattern.

As main labels such Saint Laurent and Givenchy make an editorial determination to showcase menswear designs in the autumn's womenswear season, different homes this week have opted to do the other.

South Korean designer Juun J. opened his Friday menswear present with a feminine mannequin in a diaphanous male-feminine shirt costume. Elsewhere in his present, waiflike male fashions had deliberately female faces, styled with lengthy tousled hair.

Rick Owens, too, selected androgynous waiflike fashions with lengthy female hair and skirt silhouettes for his menswear present.

It's little marvel that stars like Lily Allen have cottoned on. The British singer turned as much as Paris Fashion Week dressed in an oversize menswear shirt.

"I am fairly extensive on the hips, so I purchase quite a lot of males's garments," Allen instructed The Related Press, laughing.


Juun J. took his signature pinstripe and subverted it in a gender-bending present of oversize proportions and myriad concepts.

The white pinstripe shirt was blown up right into a flooring-size robe with surreally lengthy cuffs that obscured the mannequin's fingers. After which, in a nod to the 1930s U.S. gangster kinds the designer makes use of as a inventive touchstone, darkish pinstripe pants peeped out from underneath the lengthy shirt silhouettes.

This was a conceptual present in some ways. Types had a purposefully unfinished, deconstructed or thrown-collectively really feel — evoking the center section of the inventive means of designing a vogue assortment. The present's decor — massive picture boards on stands — evoked a vogue atelier, bringing house this concept of the unfinished design.

However one of the best concepts in the 29-piece assortment had been discovered in seems that playfully merged the East and the West. One oversize "Western" grey pinstripe go well with sported a one shoulder black sweater on prime that evoked an Asian wraparound. Elsewhere, a black fanny pack was worn to appear like a Japanese Obi belt.

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Olympic spectacle upstages menswear Fashion Week in Paris - WJLA