Simon Chilvers

Stylist & Journalist

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Hit Looks from Paris AW13 part 1

Posted 11 Feb 2013

In no particular order, looks (and shows) I liked during AW13 Paris menswear
Pictures from left-to-right

1. Paul Smith look 36
I really enjoyed Smith's fuzzy and fun knitwear but what also really worked here was how the strong shades became an easy part of the mix. Bold suits were broken up and worn as contrast colour block combos - a blue jacket with green trousers, green jacket with mustard trousers, and so on. Equally, a bold pair of trousers sticking out from under a winter coat seemed like an immediate takeaway style idea.

2. Raf Simons look 24
I liked the wider trousers - it's a look that's been bubbling under for a few seasons. Wide stripes add a graphic edge and feel more modern than the Breton stripe somehow. There's also a lot of interesting t-shirty tops coming out of menswear - Lanvin and Balenciaga do them too. They're a little boxier than your average tee. I'm into them. In fact, I shot this one by Raf SS13 the other day under a suit jacket. Lots of other nice styling things in AW13 Raf too - pointy and askew collars, visible cuffs, trainers with trousers, 70s-style patterns, yellow.

3. Dries Van Noten look 48
Totally loved the last two Dries men's shows - they're so completely brilliantly pulled together. Last season's camo-white-gold-grunge-slouch-elegance + sandals is one of spring/summer 2013's highlights. This time, a dishevelled group of boys in paisleys, PJs, embellished shirts, deep v-neck jumpers, patterned coats, leather stud trousers, smock tops + sandals with thick socks slouched it out with style on the catwalk. Study it, drink it in, and then celebrate by buying his clothes.

4. Louis Vuitton look 30
The way Kim Jones mixes tailoring with sporty, explorer, outdoor clothing, is super chic and clever. I love how his big puffers and furry hooded parkas, with wide stripes, are thrown over suiting. The climbing harness belt is fabulous, as are the sunglasses and floppy beanies.

5. Balenciaga look 20
A roomy coat was one of the key themes running through the men's collections. I think of it as a bit Lucien Freud. This Balenciaga one had good swing.