As expected, we see nothing less than expertly tailored suits and leather jackets that generally define the pedigree of this design house. For FW2015-16, Hermes continues its path of conservative browns, slate greys and pale hues of blue thrown into its selection of suits and sweaters, puntuated by the odd pop of color on the models' scarves. What we're definitely beginning to see more of are the drawstring pants as a comfortable counterpoint to the sophisticated silhouette. I also enjoyed seeing velvet as a textural detail along with hits of muted plaid in an otherwise sombre collection. My hands down favorite, however, was the crocodile skin sweatshirt near the end that had me clapping like mad - let's see more of that!
I was loving Lanvin's FW2015-16 right from the get-go - layering of furs in outerwear with longer jackets, tassels cascading and peeking past jacket hemlines. Texturing was a big element as fringe off sweater panels coupled with fur collars proved to be fully embracing the season. I like it when a designer allows for playfulness in menswear - Lanvin does that very well. There was a delightful range witnessed at this show, from refined to edgy rocker to space age minimalism all in a single collection. My eyes simply didn't know where to go!
I saved the best for last in my recap of Mens Fashion Week FW2015-16. I really love that Saint Laurent has carved itself into the epitome of the ubercool. Think 'British rock God' a la Mick Jagger. Fur jackets, leather skinnies - and I mean, SKINNY. The girls crashed the party down the runway and I tell you, the men's legs were 3/4 the size of the girl models. The men had a beautiful androgynous quality highlighted by polkadot silk shirts and super zipper detailing on skinny leather pants. Did I say 'skinny'?