The Art of Transition: Fall Winter 2017 Men’s Collections

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“Fashion is ephemeral”. For as long as we can remember, this phrase stating fashion’s brevity has constantly been mentioned, and aptly so as fashion has always managed to transition effortlessly to mirror political climate, pop culture, powerful movements etc. The Fall 2017 Men’s collection was no different. A case in point, it was a reflection of current affairs and trending topics. Read on for the highlights.

 

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By Robert James
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At the “By Robert James” show, the presentation had a strong flavor of protest. Models bearing signs with slogans such as ‘My name is America’, ‘Refugees welcome’ and ‘Not my Govt.’ sent a bold message of tolerance and acceptance.

 

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Vetements
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Balenciaga
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Street style rage, Vetement’s hugely diverse group of models took to the runway in goth, punk, biker and cowboy inspired outfits and the statement was instantly clear: united we are.

While many opted to comment on the current political scenario, Balenciaga took a lesser anticipated approach. The French brand which seemed to have drawn its inspiration from Bernie Sander’s campaign logo, had jackets and scarves branded with the red and white striped Balenciaga logo.

 

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Nick Graham
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For Nick Graham, it was time to prove that age is, in fact, just a number. For his Fall Winter presentation titled ‘Life on Mars: F/W 2035’, the designer had Bill Nye and Edwin Aldrin (the second man to walk on the moon) walk the ramp in metallic jackets.

 

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Prada
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Givenchy
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Miuccia Prada, in her own words, had aimed for a “more human, more simple, more real” collection in Milan. With a 70’s flavor that crept into the overall earthy palette, Prada’s show with its two-toned shoes, furry belts and geometric patterned knits was right on point. At Givenchy, a tribute was paid to Franca Sozzani before Ricardo Tisci opened his diversely inspired show.

 

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Raf Simon’s debut for Calvin Klein
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Louis Vuitton X Supreme
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“Walk with me” was what colourful belts worn on boxy coats proclaimed in Raf Simon’s much awaited debut for Calvin Klein. It was not just belts; t-shirts screamed “Any way out of this” while knits bore “I heart you” signs, reminding us of the popular “I heart NY” graphics. Citing his inspiration as the city of New York itself, the Belgian designer’s showcase, where each model wore a strand of neck accessory, was everything we thought it would be.

In Paris, Louis Vuitton impressed with their collection created in collaboration with street wear brand Supreme. Fanny packs, bags, jackets and other accessories showcasing both Louis Vuitton and Supreme left us wanting more.

 

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Thom Browne
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Balmain
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Yohji Yamamoto
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Fashion does thrive on constant transition. Be it Thom Browne’s remarkable explorations of a grey suit, Balmain’s embroidered flair, or Yohji Yamamoto’s deconstructed outfits. But if that is what is keeping us sane in these unpredictable times, we will gladly take it.

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