Men’s Fashion Month has officially wrapped up and there was a lot that happened. Here’s everything you need to know about what happened at Men’s Fashion Month for SS23.
The main message on Milan’s runways was earthy patterns inspired by the sea, earth, and classic silhouettes. Soft neutral designs were complemented by texture and souvenir accessories at the fashion capital and animal prints seen at Fendi and Etro, all signs of nostalgia reimagined.
Versace burst onto the runway with the brand’s usual eccentric burst of colour, fitting for the heatwave that covered Milan. This time round Donatella Versace focused on eco-conscious, sustainable materials. Denim played a huge part in the lineup while heritage met the present at Dolce & Gabbana as distressed short and macramé-wearing models walked down the runway. Tailoring was still very much apparent at Prada in head-to-toe fits for the back-to-office goers – signature of Raf Simmons. Emporio Armani opted for the brands Sartorial roots in quintessential tailoring adding a new nomadic approach.
Over in Paris, the great outdoors dominated the city. Louis Vuitton reigned supreme at sending a marching band down the runway at the heart of the Louvre. The lineup was a colourful clash of oversized tailoring and floral prints. Outlandish paper plane shapes against a yellow brick road honoring the late designer Virgil Abloh’s legacy. Kendrick Lamar performed from the front row and sat among a lineup of stars.
Models walked quite literally on water for Mathew Williams’ first stand-alone Menswear show at Givenchy, showcasing urban, laser-cut, sport and uniform-inspired pieces with the brand’s signature logo. Dior opted not to collaborate with a brand for SS23 and instead transported us to Normandy with lawns of wildflowers, blue skies, and a life-size reproduction of Christian Dior’s house. Dior’s signature style was apparent – tailoring mixed with streetwear was ever-present. Sporty bags and accessories complimented monochromatic looks.
Loewe sent out models wearing grass embroidered clothing and shoes grown with real plants. Creative Director Johnathan Anderson continued to explore nature and technology by teaming up with Spanish bio-designer Paula Ulargui Escalona to grow and water the collection over 20 days leading up to the show. Hermès focused on lightweight, weatherproof fabrics and superior craftsmanship, evoking feelings of the vacation and traveling spirit.
Finally, huge crowds gathered outside the Palais de Tokyo to witness Celine’s return to the runway after over a two-year hiatus. The collection closed Paris fashion week, referencing all-American rock star fashion, leather jackets, pointed-toe boots and ripped denim, reminiscent of Creative Director Heid Slimane’s signature LA style.
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