Pacific Jean Paul Gaultier – Spring/Summer 2012

There is a natural confidence and willingness to take risks that comes with the experience and success of couturier.  A daring to channel the dark recesses of one’s right brain to create unique yet wearable new pieces using a mix of materials, patterns, and prints that nobody’s ever dreamed of.  The French Breton-clad Fashion Czar had just recently kicked-off his international five-city retrospective Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier tour and was back in Paris to present his bold new collection on Day 2 of Paris Fashion Week.

In unconventionally modest Gaultier fashion, a modest Spring/Summer 2012 production featured an eclectic mix of tailored looks inspired by the Pacific West Coast, Southern French Riviera, and Scotland Highlands.  Californian beach prints found in a matching jacket, dress shirt and trouser ensemble brought back memories of 1980s Ocean Pacific.  Kitschy Hawaiian floral prints ripped from tourist T-shirts were reworked into dress shirts, trousers, and sports jackets.  Tailored plaids, window-plane checks, houndstooth and printed tweeds looked playful when mixed with jean jackets, floral shirts, and sneakers.  The styling saw sports jackets tucked into trousers, tuxedo pants replaced with shorts, and relaxed pinstriped suits married up with leather biker jackets and plimsolls.

An eruption of creativity and styling brilliance, SS12 Gaultier is about deconstructing sophisticated tailoring and having some fun with it.  Great finale featuring classic Gaultier Breton Tees and gingham swimwear.  Save me one of those doiley-cut dress shirts please.

Jean Paul Gaultier SS12

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Travelling With Louis Vuitton – Spring/Summer 2012

A big show for Louis Vuitton as many in the fashion world were curious to see what the collaborative efforts of 14-year LV veteran Artistic Director, Marc Jacobs and freshman Style Director, Kim Jones would produce.  Former Creative Director for Dunhill, Jones joined LV four months ago and at the time, one could have only speculated as to the potential creative chemistry between these two fashion heavyweights.  It could have gone either way really, the result however is praiseworthy.

Whether by plane, train, automobile, or boat, the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection is designed with the posh jet-set business traveler in mind.  One who likes to mix business with unostentatious pleasure and the odd philanthropic mission to Africa.  Uncharacteristically wearable when compared to some of the bizarre creations to come out of Paris this week, Louis Vuitton’s Mad Men office/nautical/safari/cocktail-themed pieces were subtle enough to not overwhelm and luxurious enough to scream Louis Vuitton.  Classic fitted two-button suits in a range of neutrals worked well with some of the best leather footwear to come out of this Paris this week.  LV scores major points for their cream sweater (third in photo below), signature quilted jackets, and bold red and blue checks.  Printed dress shirts and bold stripes are on trend for SS12 and do I even need to mention the leather bags?  One of the best collections of Paris Fashion Week SS12.

Louis Vuitton SS12

Paris Fashion Week – Men’s Spring/Summer 2012 Schedule

Paris Fashion Week SS12

Photo c/o Ken Mandadakis

Second stop for the Men’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collections is Paris Fashion Week, June 23-26, 2011.  As with Milan, should be interesting to see if the monochromatic Parisian men’s collections have adopted any of the muted turquoises, wisteria wave purples, pastels, neutrals, eco-earths and atomic greens the trendsetters have been predicting.  Major labels (not all French) scheduled at Paris Fashion Week this month include Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, John Galliano, Dior Homme, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Paul Smith, Yves Saint Laurent, Thom Browne, and many others.  Fashion week schedule is current as of today’s date:

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The Art of the Automobile: Mr. Ralph Lauren’s Cars

Today marked the inauguration of The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection, at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs.  The exhibit, which runs from April 28th until August 28th, includes 17 of the most incredible cars from the 1930s to present day.  Included in Lauren’s collection are a 1929 Bentley Blower, a 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK, 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti, a 1956/1958 Jaguar XKS and a 1931 Alfa Romeo Monza 8C 2300.  If that wasn’t enough, the exhibit also includes two of the world’s most expensive vehicles: a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and a 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupe (1 of 4 made, 1 of 2 that remain).  Each of these cars are estimated to be worth $30-$40 million.  Who says fashion doesn’t pay?

“I don’t ever think of myself as a collector,” said the fashion designer legend.  “In my mind they are like parts of me.  Cars have always inspired me, the details on cars that I’ve loved, and have utilized those details in watches and furniture.  I believe in cars being works of art.  It’s technology, it’s mechanics, it’s details and to me that’s a special kind of art.”  Wish I could find my way to Paris to see this.  Who knows, I’ve got some time until August 28th.  You can check out some of the cars on exhibit below.  For the full collection, please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.  Photos c/o Ralph Lauren.

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Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 – Men’s Top 20 Picks

Paris FW11 Top 20

Below is a list of the It’s All Style To Me Top 20 Picks (semi-alphabetical order) from the FW11 Men’s Collections Paris Fashion Week, January 19-23, 2011:

1) Acne – Jeans, Boots, and Mash-up Destination Themed Printed Shirts

2) Dior Homme – Jagged Neckline Sweaters

3) Dries Van Noten – Fur-lined Sports Jackets and Coats

4) Louis Vuitton – Motel Red Accessories (Glasses, Scarves, Bags)

5) Louis Vuitton – Belted Knit Herringbone Cardigan and Orange Gloves

6) Hermès – Chunky “H” Knit Turtleneck in Mustard Yellow or Baby Blue

7) Jean Paul Gaultier – Black, Grey, and Gold Quilted Leather Motorcycle Pants

8) Jean Paul Gaultier – Black James Bond Tuxedo

9) Paul Smith – Light Knit Cardigans and Offset Duffel Coat

10) Junya Watanabe – Nordic/Fair Isle Print Sports Jackets

11) Mr. by Roland Mouret – Single Centre Pleated Pants

12) Mugler – Padded Pants

13) John Galliano – Entire Suit Collection and Silk Scarves

14) Viktor & Rolf – Check Patterned Suit

15) Raf Simons – Patterned Sweaters

16) Yigal Azrouël – Knit Sweaters and Cardigans

17) Kenzo – High Waisted Pants and Patterned Sweaters and Sweater Vests

18) Lanvin – Loose Knit V-Necked Sweater, Slim Fit Pants, Shoes

19) Maison Martin Margiela – Outerwear

20) Yves Saint Laurent – Check Plaid Suits, Pants, and Jackets

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