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29 Jan

Paris Men’s Fashion Week Part 1

Raf Simons’ recent departure as artistic director of Christian Dior has sparked much discussion and controversy regarding the pace of modern fashion; is it too fast, does it stifle the creative aspect of creative directors, and are they simply left to direct with little time for conception of ideas? Whatever the answers to these questions may be, Raf is back in full force at his eponymous label. Simons offered complex, multi-layered looks this season, with models wearing every thing from oversized cardigans and v-neck sweaters to puffer jackets in a variety of colors. The oversized tops were paired with slim black trousers and black lace-up combat boots to finalize the classic Raf aesthetic.

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Kim Jones’ titled his latest mens’ collection at Louis Vuitton “Future Heritage” — a title we at TMS believe couldn’t be any more appropriate. Jones offered a definitively contemporary yet familiar feeling with the collection. Models gripped black trunks down the catwalk — a classic hallmark of the house of Vuitton. Silk and cashmere coating was styled with slim, pleated trousers and more black lace-up shoes. Workwear jackets were worn in addition to patterned, skin-tight jeans and monogram over-the-shoulder bags for effortlessly cool, wearable looks.

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It’s difficult not to immediately think of Dries Van Noten when discussing luxury brands, and this season was no exception. One look at the collection and there is no doubt that every garment was given a considerable amount of thought. Loose fitting velvet shorts with drawstring attachments were paired with muted graphic button downs over turtlenecks and long coats. If you were searching for a sign that slim pants isn’t the only way to go, look no further because the Dries boys show you how to do it. Models wore almost-comically loose pinstripe suit pants and full-on fur coats without looking a touch out of vogue. Extremely fine patterned trench coats were given the Dries touch with fur collars. It’s easy to see why Dries was an immensely special and impactful show for men’s PFW — you definitely don’t want to miss this one.

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Patric Chauvez

Patric Chauvez is one of the top stylist in the city of Chicago and is the pen of this blog. He is a style contributor to the Chicago Tribune Sunday magazine his work has been featured in Elle Mexico , Vogue Portugal and French Vogue. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest , Tumbler and Twitter.

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