Arguably the biggest menswear event of every season, Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014 welcomes a few quite utilitarian trends. The best thing about PFW really is in menswear, namely in avant-garde menswear. Daring labels like Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto from the East come to showcase their most interesting ideas. Moreover, the surreal Thom Browne show was really a stand out.
Looking more to prêt-à-porter, many classic labels like Hermes and Cerruti pushed out strong and timeless pieces. And for more contemporary style, the best came from agnes b., 3.1 Phillip Lim and John Galliano. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the collections from Dior Homme, Valentino, Lanvin and Bill Tornade. View the pictures of Paris Fashion Week Menswear here.
Check out the highlights after the jump.
Leather: Forever Luxe
The season drags in a plethora of leather pieces. As the signature of quality and luxury, leather in the classic colours offers a sophisticated and timeless style. Injected into either casual or avant-garde looks on the runway, the AW season loves its leather - this season's leather shirts and pants for men flourished - finishing it off with a polished and shiny look. And leather accessories are of course, always right.
Valentino | Saint Laurent | Lanvin | Juun J | 3.1 Phillip Lim | Hermes | Viktor and Rolf | agnes b.
Shearling: Utilitarian Style
Whether it was a full shaerling jacket or one accented with trimmings, the trend continues on this season. Highlighting casual and utilitarian style, the shearling attitude is unstoppably reminiscent of a simpler life with an updated contemporary style.
AMI by Alexandre Mattiussi | Carven | Raf Simons | 3.1 Phillip Lim
Maison Martin Margiela | Bill Tornade | Cerruti | Lanvin
Patterns and Prints: Eye Candy
Tessilation and illusory creations marked the coming of colourful autumn. I really enjoyed the large embossed and sewn on patterns as well as smaller, finer details of a look. Patterns can be on print or created with textures, some pieces with contrasting textures make the most interest pieces of the season.
Raf Simons | Thom Browne | Yohji Yamamoto | Dior Homme | Issey Miyake
Valentino | John Galliano | 3.1 Phillip Lim | Dries Van Noten | Givenchy | Bill Tornade | agnes b.
Probably the greatest thing about the colder months is the (more comfortable) idea of layering. This season looks at the large and oversize approach to layering as well as the single pieces in creating simpler and minimalist styles.
Kris Van Assche | Juun J | Givenchy | Henrik Vibskov | Thom Browne
John Galliano | Carven | Dries Van Noten | Haider Ackermann | 3.1 Phillip Lim
The Peacoat: Hot Item
Brother to the trench, the understated peacoat (or bridgecoat for the longer ones) has heavier wool but a more structured shape. Stylish accents in the buttons and tailoring can mimick that of a sports jacket without the tiredness of the blazer look. However, it's easy to pigeon-hole peacoats that they all look the same, but the beauty is really in the detail like buttons, pockets, lapels, trims and cutting. The peacoat is a must-have this season and gives the wearer a classy update to almost any look.
Viktor and Rolf | Raf Simons | Valentino | Hermes | Saint Laurent | Cerruti
Thom Browne | Bill Tornade | Issey Miyake | 3.1 Phillip Lim