Ten best moments from autumn winter 2020 Men's Paris Fashion Week
With the men's collections over for another season, we take stock of the marvels that just unfolded
The final shows of fashion week always take place in the spiritual heartland of fashion, Paris, where often the best - and most elaborate - ideas are kept until last. Autumn-winter 2020 has been no exception, so here are the ten best takeaways from the Parisian runway.
1. Kim Jones referenced women's haute couture at Dior Men
Only Jones has the vision to look to Dior's famous haute couture for inspiration. The result? Extraordinarily beautiful opera swing coats and long gloves for men, that mixed the suiting and streetwear of a modern dandy to absolute perfection.
2. Paul Smith just celebrated 50 years in the industry
With a name now synonymous with suits and tailoring, Paul Smith just marked half a century by delivering a masterclass in the art of the suit, from double breasted to double denim.
3. Vetements put Mike Tyson on the runway (sort of)
The first show without co-founder Demna Gvasalia felt a bit disjointed, but to make up for the lack of pizzaz in the clothes, it put Kate Moss and Mike Tyson look-a-like's on the runway.
4. Craig Green made looks for the modern warrior
Showing in Paris for the first time, Brit designer Green delivered a new take on Samurai armour, now made for the urban commuter from deconstructed bags and toggle cords.
5. Louis Vuitton carved its monogram into a shirt
After taking some breathing space last year, menswear designer Virgil Abloh is back and lazer cut the Louis Vuitton motif into a work shirt, that felt so natural we all wondered why no one had done it before.
6. Arabic at Lanvin
Lanvin included Arabic cartoons as it riffed through a graphic novel theme.
7. Shoulder panniers at Loewe
Jonathan Anderson turned the women's Gate bag into across-the-shoulder pannier bags for men, and the internet lost its mind.
8. Givenchy reinvented the cowboy
By side fastening a checked jacket with a jewelled pin, and adding a cowboy hat. Worn low on the browbones, the hat is a bona fide thing.
9. Floor length shirts at Balmain
A few labels offered long tunics, but Balmain went all out with shirts that reached to the ankle. Worn over trousers and under blazers, the mix of lengths was dazzling.
10. Double trousers at Jacquemus
At first glance we thought the models trousers had been left undone until we realised this was actually some very clever trompe l'oeil tailoring.
Updated: January 20, 2020 05:44 PM