Style Recap: Paris Menswear SS20
Another Paris Menswear week has come and gone. People who are into the fine tailoring, deconstructed looks and contemporary workwear waited patiently for their favourite designer to livestream their latest. Not only was there countless looks and street style galore, but sneakerheads were up and about – sussing the colabs and scoping out their latest cop.
Now becoming a main source of income for a number of fashion houses, high-end creps had Paris going nuts. We had Salomon going silly, Mihara Yasurhiro doing his thing, and CDG going from 0-95 real quick. Paris had a lot to offer, so we've selected some of the highlights and curated a nice little recap.
Strap on your seatbelts, Paris just changed the game!
Acne Studios have made waves in the sneakersphere with kicks like the Manhattan, Technical Sneaker, and the Perey. For SS20 they stuck to their roots by dropping a collection worthy of praise – but we aren't here for the clothes, we're here for the kicks, baby.
The absolute standout was the reinterpretation of their classic Manhattan Sneaker. With Russel Westbrook, basketball's most fashionable man taking over their IG story, Acne Studios displayed the new slim iteration. They're definitely strolling down the right path with translucent uppers, fitting right into recent offerings from Team Swoosh.
More Side With Salomon
Salomon, who can usually be seen on the sports ground rather than at Fashion Week, have decided to dip their feet in high fashion. So far, the move has been extremely successful, landing collaborations with some extremely heavy hitters. 11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi and TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist are just two who have elevated and reinterpreted their technical silhouettes.
For Spring Summer 2020, the performance brand stepped it up a notch, linking up with CDG alumni Fumito Ganryu.
Hard-hitting looks, the mostly-black Salomon S/Lab XT-6 ADV blends in well with the collection. Subtle details such as yellow hits on the collar, mudguard, and branded insoles make for a timeless colab.
Keep an eye on Salomon retailers, these will be dropping alongside the French brand's other SS20 offerings.
No Stranger to the Sneaker Game
Absolutely no stranger to the sneaker game, Mihara Yasuhiro has done plenty of work with PUMA. Not only that, he's also dropped killer classics through his namesake label.
'Justified Error' was the name given to the Japanese designer's Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Alongside the bright colours and contrasting patterns was a slew of not only Original Sole sneakers but other new silhouettes that ooze the Mihara's aesthetic.
As we discussed with him in a recent interview, although his footwear may seem sculptural, all of them are meant to be worn and are extremely practical.
We're looking forward to the whole collection hitting stores very soon.
Comme des Garçons went from 0 to 95
We wouldn't be talking about Paris SS20 without touching on what Comme des Garçons Homme Plus and Nike have whipped up. Seeing as though they've touched on the Air Max 180, Presto, AJ1, Cortez, and many other classic silhouettes, we are far from surprised that the AM95 was next-in-line.
Rei Kawakubo was in the kitchen, cooking up three low-key colourways that paired well with the statement suits and skirts.
Will people go crazy over these like they did for the previous CDG x Nike colabs? We'll have to wait and see when they hit stores.
Not Solo Anymore
TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist isn't flying solo anymore, dropping a collaborative project with Converse earlier this year, and now he's decided to continue it for SS20.
We recently saw some patriotic Purcells, and chunky ERX 260s (which were brought back in all-white from SS20). Now The Soloist gives us some modified Chuck 70s.
Exuding futuristic vibes, they remain toned-down despite the lettering on the toe cap, and branding on the lateral.
The Right Move
Kim Jones at the helm has been a right move for Dior. Accessory-heavy collections with help from Matthew Williams of ALYX and Yoon of AMBUSH makes it a must-have brand in this IG-dominated world.
Sneakers have also been an integral part of the new Dior, with the monogram rife throughout, familiar faces such as the B23 were shown during SS20.
All Praise to the Most Hype
The collaboration god himself, Virgil Abloh, revealed a little something special before his Spring Summer 2020 show. A colab with Nike SB and Futura Laboratories sees two Dunks: one in orange, and the other in UNC (via an IG livestream).
Although Virgil did create a small offering of footwear at his SS20 show, the Dunks were definitely the standout shoe.
Suss it all above and stay tuned for release details to surface, we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we get wind of anything.
More Waffles Are on the Way
Some may think that Sacai and Nike have already combined for the Sneaker of the Year with heavy-hitting colourways that burnt our retinas and opened our wallets. However, Chitose Abe has now gone for a different approach.
Completely murdering out the upper, are these better than the originals?