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Spring/summer 2015 is revving up to be an excellent season for the stylish man on the go, as proved by last week’s Paris Fashion Week. In an abundance of pattern and color, both Kenzo and Paul Smith showed collections that were infused with ease, extravagance, and optimism.
At Kenzo, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim expressed their admiration for the effortless look of l’homme français. In an ode to the historic Franco-American relationship as well as its influence on American style, their collection incorporates the subtleties of Parisian dress as well as some more flagrant references to French culture (i.e. the Eiffel Tower jacquard).
The Kenzo collection celebrates the ease of loose silhouettes with the additional polish of technical vests and trench coats. A Ladurée-colored palette of mint, powder blue, and salmon meets heavy cotton twills that add a sporty edge. Breaking up the classic Breton stripe, Kenzo achieves a new and modern take on French culture while remaining consistent to its sunny aesthetic.
For the man who is hopping on neither a Citi Bike nor a Vélib’, Paul Smith presents a colorful collection of bright prints and tropical florals. Long suits and silky wide-leg trousers spell easy elegance as soft tailored trousers are paired with t-shirts. Despite this sophistication, the collection remains flamboyant with plaid shorts, fringed collars, and soda can prints.
A confident adventurer, the Paul Smith man travels only in absolute opulence, reposing in raw linen, satin, and silk. Dark navy, Caribbean blue, and ash are set in contrast with sunset-striped gradients and botanical motifs, nodding to the cheerful, yet luxurious Paul Smith aesthetic.