“Paris menswear week was one filled with upheaval. Aside from the buzz surrounding the possible new designer for Dior womenswear and the shocking result of the Brexit vote, there was also the passing of the iconic fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. His death marks the end of an era for fashion and it reinforces the sense that the industry is in the throws of some fundamental changes.
With so much uncertainty in the air the catwalks became something of a bellwether of how people are currently feeling. Two strong sentiments could be sussed out. The first was a real rebellious streak on the catwalk with brands like Lanvin, Dior Homme and, in its own way, Balenciaga, proposing lineups that had a hint of anarchy at their heart. The other was more literal in nature with houses turning to the idea of camouflage as perhaps a sartorial protective device. At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci transformed currency into camo and Louis Vuitton’s Kim Jones made mohair mimic the pelts of African animals.”
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