After Milan, the men’s fashion season continued with the spring-summer 2014 collections on show in Paris.
The house of Valentino looked to uniform for inspiration this year, as designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli created their look with patchwork, statement pockets, leather details and military workwear.
Maria Grazia Chiuri said: “The specific inspiration of this collection was about a uniform. But not only one uniform, uniform in general. Worker uniform; also school uniform. Because in some way we believe that the uniform is a sign for made the people at the same level.”
Meanwhile, the style of early 20th century artists in southern France inspired Carven’s menswear designer Guillaume Henry and the set – an artist’s atelier, with pottery on shelves and an empty easel – added to the mood.
He explained: “I wanted the idea of a guy with the same outfit the entire day, and maybe even like his entire life. For example, I get inspired by the painter Nicolas de Stael but we have to make it in the Carven way with the Carven twist. So I don’t see anything feminine, I see something more emotional.”