Paris Men's Fashion Week: The 10 Biggest Takeaways

5:10 PM 6/27/2016

by Stephanie Chan

Here's everything you need to know from the spring 2017 collections.

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Paris men's fashion week wrapped up Sunday, but that doesn't mean we've stopped talking about some of the most buzzworthy moments from the runways.

Oversized everything continued trending from the Milan shows (long live the baggy pants) over to Paris, as seen at BalmainYohji Yamamoto and Demna Gvasalia's debut men's collection for Balenciaga (think boxy coats and loose, high-waisted pants).

Even though the week was dedicated to menswear, designers ignored the gender rule when it came to models, sending both men and women down the runway (Riccardo Tisci's Givenchy men's presentation featured Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid in haute couture, while Olivier Rousteing recruited Alessandra Ambrosio for Balmain's show).

Streetwear was another trend that dominated the scene. Kenzo's Humberto and Carol Lim presented colorful hoodies, bomber jackets and cropped nylon jackets. Off-White's Virgil Abloh showed loose shorts with knee-high socks and Vans sneakers and collared leather jackets with patchwork details. Dries Van Noten displayed oversized camo jackets and pants, baggy shorts and patchwork denim.

Here, the 10 biggest takeaways from Paris men's fashion week.

  • Balmain

    Olivier Rousteing kicked off his show with models in denim-on-denim, but it was his use of bold colors (practically every shade from the rainbow was present during the presentation) that caught our eyes. The male models embraced the turquoise and orange as much as the female catwalkers (Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio, included) in their colorful minidresses.

  • Dior Homme

    Robert Pattinson, A$AP Rocky and Michael B. Jordan were among the lucky guests to get a front-row seat of Dior Homme's funfair-inspired, roller coaster set that served as the backdrop to designer Kris Van Assche's '80s punk collection. During the show it was, as the kids would say, lit.

    ON THE RUNWAY: A model on the Dior Homme spring 2017 runway. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Thom Browne

    Leave it to Thom Browne to put a darker spin on the perennial sunny surf trend. At the beach-themed presentation, some models appeared in shark- and bird-shaped helmets, ready to attack. Others had faces covered in white paint, mirrored aviator glasses and matching swim caps, and posed with surfboards that matched their printed bathing suits. Surf's up, dudes.

    SHARK ATTACK: A model on the Thom Browne spring 2017 runway. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Givenchy

    Riccardo Tisci's Givenchy gang appeared ready for combat as they appeared in camo prints. But he put his own twist on the uniform look, letting money patterns rain on t-shirts, hoodies and jacket panels. Tisci closed out the show with his favorite muses — Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls — from the fall 2016 Haute Couture collection.

  • Louis Vuitton

    Though Louis Vuitton men's artistic director Kim Jones' travel theme was prevalent on the runway with models in sandals, silk short-sleeve shirts (with giraffes!), and see-through trench coats with the LV monogram print, it was the chokers that really caught our eye. It's only a matter of time until we see if the trend catches on with the guys in Hollywood.

  • Balenciaga

    For his debut Balenciaga menswear collection, Demna Gsavalia introduced oversized suits and coats that were reminiscent of Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne's big suit he wore during the "Stop Making Sense" tour. Meanwhile, the heeled boots seen on several models reminded us of senator Marco Rubio's Cuban boots. These boots might not be made for walkin', but they're clearly made for talkin'.

  • Valentino

    Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli also embraced the denim and camo trend. Models appeared in denim-on-denim Canadian tuxedos and military-inspired, head-to-toe prints. And apparently, the varsity jacket is here to stay. 

  • Rick Owens

    There were no walking hair balls, human backpacks, "Rick's Dicks" or any major shock value in Rick Owens' latest men's show. That in itself is shocking. Nonetheless, the designer presented a collection that was as gender fluid as one would expect, with models baring their nipples and swathed in sheer fabric. Owens also showed a new Adidas sneaker style, which he modeled during his runway bow.

  • Lanvin

    Dwayne Wade, Nick Young, Victor Cruz and Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis were among the front-row attendees to witness Lucas Ossendrijver's collection of exaggerated sleeves, mixed stripes, mismatched proportions and clashing colors.

    ON THE RUNWAY: Models on the Lanvin spring 2017 runway. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Off-White

    Rising menswear superstar Virgil Abloh had models in see-through tees with illustrations, hoodies with patchwork and plaids for days. Jay Z, A$AP Rocky and Kanye West, who has worked with Abloh since 2002, are among the brand's famous fans.


    ss17 Off-White™ collection titled "MIRROR MIRROR" - full show link in bio

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