By Alejandra Hernandez
Although several brands have cancelled physical presentations and events due to the rising Omicron infection rates in Europe, mens fashion week still took place last week. In Milan, Fendi, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana presented menswear collections normally, while Giorgio Armani, Gucci, MSGM and JW Anderson decided to cancel. In Paris, Covid-19 restrictions are a bit tricky, making Loewe and Issey Mikyake opt for online shows. Though it’s been hard, each fashion city is still giving us amazing collections and impressive shows. Let’s celebrate fashion and go over the main menswear collections, together.
Almost two months after Virgil Abloh’s death, LV unveiled the visionary’s final menswear collection. An extremely emotional show, full of angelic cues in form of models, crystals, monograms, LV classics and acrobats. Abloh’s famous patterns and designs were seen, highlighting the way the designer changed the brand and erased boundaries completely. It was a true memorial to Virgil’s streetwear presented along with the Chineke! Orchestra musicians, who performed a Tyler the Creator-composed piece and made the show unforgetable.
As Prada said in a pre-written note released after the show: ‘We were thinking about meaningful fashion, pieces that make sense. Clothes that make people feel important.’ Leather gloves, turtle necks and matrix bombers were seen as well as furry over-sized coats and chisel toe shoes. Models walked out of a blue led tunnel, giving leisure and futuristic vibes while presenting a form of modern workwear. The live show was full of black clothing and it was closed by Jeff Goldblum.
Johnny Johansson’s (co-founder and creative director of Acne Studios) inspiration for this collection was all directly from Sweden, specifically the nomadic communities in the north near where he grew up. Baggy trousers with patches and velvet blazers as seen in Scandinavia were principal, as well as floral buttons and trench coats. Since the brand turns 25 this year, this collection showed the strength and power Acne Studios has in the present, as well as the creativity and shapes they’ve been showing these past years.
Presented in Paris, Owens’ collection was full of Egyptian details, shapes and silhouettes, highlighting the artisanal ‘Made in Italy’ provenance of all his pieces and techniques. Touches of light petal pink, dark orange and smooth grey were paired with all-black leather boots and gloves. Lamp hats were worn with lightbulbs on, giving the show a different perspective.
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