Paris Menswear SS20 — Thom Browne and Hermès dominates the runways by putting up shows that are hard to forget.
Thom’s state of the art show
Yesterday Ecole des Beaux-Arts turned into a line of frozen human mannequins, all decked in dramatic A-line doll costumes. As if that was not enough to catch everybody’s attention, some of the models stood on alabaster plinths. Others were wearing bowling balls for shoes. The show also held a male ballet dancer, wearing a tutu, tailored suit, tie and ballet shoes instead of the balls. His performance was sublime and sure enthralled the guests, all while the mannequins were slowly undressing, to begin the show. As for the line, Browne was showcasing everything from the oversized “pannier” skirts Marie Antoinette made famous, to a pouch attached to the crotch of men’s pants, fashioned atop tailored shorts in pale seersucker and a tennis skirt-tutu hybrid. The subtle message behind the collection? Rules referring to culture, gender and history are only there to be broken.
Hermès spin on luxurious living
The fashion house is no stranger to luxurious living and this collection was no exception to that. This season Hermès spiced up their tastefulness and went with a dash of geometry through 80s prints, stripes and checks. The line consisted of loose silhouettes such as baggy smoky or gold-brown pants and pink knit sweater with a diagonal stripe. And not to forget the beautiful leather bags with geometric detailing, worn with sandals and a half-buttoned jacket, worn on naked skin. A collection that truly plays on the loosen up fashion.