David Beckham was among the VIPs at Louis Vuitton’s latest menswear show in Paris.
After last season’s Himalayas, there was a treat in store for 2014’s Vuitton man – the sunny west coast of the United States was designer Kim Jones’ inspiration for a show, held appropriately enough inside a scorching conservatory.
He said: “We use a lot of these really rich silks for the evenings giving it a bit of a spacey theme. And the bandana print shirts, of course. And the bandanas that’s a real joy to work with something like that with such iconic things as the Damier and the monogram.”
The collection ranged from the road trip look – all khaki, bandanas and badges to Gatsby-esque evening suits in raw silk.
Meanwhile drummer Cindy Blackman Santana provided the rhythm and funky atmosphere for the Dries Van Noten show.
The collection was covered in flowers in muted shades, inspired by 18th and 19th century prints. Clothes were both casual and elegant with silk dressing gowns and loose pajama trousers.
Dries Van Noten explained: “I wanted to do something embellished for men this season after last winter’s collection, with all the paisleys, I wanted to continue that embellishment. Also seeing how far you can push the elegance in menswear with all the silk materials.”
And Issey Miyake’s designer Yuseke Takahashi explored colours and print techniques in his first collection for the Franco-Japanese house.
While the usual way of adding colour is through dye, Takahashi did the opposite, taking the colour out and creating random bleached patterns.