Simon Chilvers

Stylist & Journalist

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Hit Looks from Paris AW13 part 2

Posted 11 Feb 2013

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

6. Givenchy look 3
Argyle jumpers with slightly raunchy pictures on them? I kinda liked this knitwear twist from Ricardo Tisci - there was also a quite fancy stars and stripes velvet sweatshirt. The rest of the collection never quite came together though the stud popper leather shirts, padded jackets knotted around waists and flashes of skin provided a certain Tisci-esque sexiness.

7. Lanvin look 39
The AW13 offering from Lanvin featured the most brilliant techy-colourful trainers this side of Raf's SS13 ones. They looked mega opening the show with either narrow or loose trousers. This collection was all about the classics according to Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz. To my mind, it was very much the classics according to Lanvin, which made for a strong and commercial collection. I like the oversized tees, loose trousers, DB coats and jackets, plus the occasional dash of colour - this red coat/pink trouser combo is particularly fine.

8. Carven look 5
Trousers hacked off under the knee are a challenge. But that sort of nippy, boyish thing is just why this label is so appealing. It's youthful and affordable. This bomber jacket is totally super cute. See also the jumpers. Smashing.

9. Valentino look 34
It's a glorious thing that is happening at Valentino with the menswear, which just seems to be heading into a deeply attractive direction. The current spring/summer collection is already buzzy - the camo trainers look like a sell out, no? The AW13 collection meanwhile was slick, tailored, minimalist, modern, neat. There's tartan, natty little pouch bags, capes, houndstooth and leather. And, they do a fine line in coats and jackets.

10. Kenzo look 29
In the Paris showroom, I wanted to buy A LOT of Kenzo, from the shoes and bags and pencil cases, to snappy bomber jackets. I love the shape and shades of this top. Total hotness.