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Back At It: The Key Pieces for Fall

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Whether you like it or not, fall is right around the corner. Yes, the warm weather will really be done soon, and we’ll all be back at school, work, and our typical routines even sooner. But who says that has to be a bad thing?

Everyone loves back-to-school shopping. And even if you’ve got your degree, you’re not exempt from the excitement of a fresh new wardrobe. You’ve already seen the hottest trends for fall 2014 and which pieces to buy for said trends, so now it’s time to focus on the specifics. Sure, a lot of your fall wish list might seem like a no-brainer, but it never hurts to revisit an old classic with a whole new twist. From your new it-jacket to statement accessories, a killer pair of kicks to the bag of your dreams, here are the top 10 key pieces for both girls and guys to snatch up this fall.

 

 

THE BOMBER JACKET

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Photo courtesy Por Homme

What would fall be without some new outerwear, specifically a freshened up bomber jacket? Part military-inspired, somewhat sporty, and 100% stylish, the bomber adds the perfect touch of laid-back cool to any look. Whether you choose an ultra-trendy shearling number or even a fun, printed variation, don’t opt for another denim jacket or basic hoodie this fall.

 

 

 

THE PRACTICAL SAC

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Photo courtesy Elle

For all the students heading back to classes this fall, you’re going to need the right device to carry all of your books, stationery, and other academic essentials. One of the greatest things about everyone’s current streetwear obsession is the popularity of backpacks, which are way more useful than just a tote. A backpack’s not your style? No worries, there are plenty of other bags that are both useful and stylish, making your life easier and your ensemble more presentable this fall.

 

 

 

 

THE WHITE COAT

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Photo courtesy Ana Croswell

Whoever said that you can’t wear white after labor day is a potential psychopath. So, take that psycho away in a crisp, clean piece of white outerwear. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a coat; a cool jacket will suffice, too. Sure, it’s a little risky to invest in something white, as there’s always bound to be some food, drinks, or other elements ready to ruin your new purchase. But as long as you’re careful, you’ll be the proud owner of some white-hot cool weather attire.

 

 

 

THE BOOT

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Photo courtesy Tom & Lorenzo

When people get excited to break out their fall gear, it’s almost impossible to forget about boots. Sturdy combat boots are always a go-to, while many opt for a more sleek, minimal chelsea boot. And when it comes to eveningwear, ladies love the highest pair possible. There seems to be an unlimited amount of boots, all just as desirable as the next. Choose wisely.


THE SNEAKERS

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Photo courtesy Chanel

Yes, it’s kind of like overkill to keep talking about how big sportswear has been lately; you know it by now. And of course, this isn’t going to change come fall, so it’s time to ditch the pair of sneakers that you’ve been wearing all spring and summer. This time around, you don’t necessarily have to be super trendy. Instead, find a pair of kicks that will last you through all of the wild weather and beyond. Just like boots, there’s millions of pairs to choose from. But whatever you go with, just be happy that comfortable footwear is still in.

 

 


THE COZY KNIT

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Photo courtesy Elle

No, this isn’t the ugly Christmas sweater that your grandma made for you. It’s time to up the ante when it comes to your knitwear, especially since it’s already poised to be one of this season’s top trends. Whether you’re going for a sweater dress or a sharp turtleneck, you’ve got to have a killer sweater this season, period.

 

 


THE LEATHER

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Photo courtesy Hypebeast

Come on, you didn’t think we would forget about leather, did you? You can’t face fall without some new leather goods. A biker jacket is always an essential, though it never hurts to invest in a simplified version. Don’t think that jackets are the only pieces of the material we’re talking about, though. Leather pants are very much a thing, as well as skirts, shirts, accessories, and virtually anything else. Go ahead, dive into the supple material this fall.

 

 

 

 

 


Feature photo by Sharif Hamza for VMAN

 

Tell us your favorite seasonal essentials and what you’ll be buying this fall!

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Shop the Trends

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Let’s be real, we’re in kind of a confusing point in fashion; the spring 2015 menswear shows only recently wrapped up, and the industry is currently in preparation for next season’s women’s fashion. Meanwhile, retailers are clearing out their current pieces from spring 2014. But regardless of all the things pulling our attention in different directions, the fall 2014 collections are finally upon us. Yes, it’s still hot out, and you could probably sweat just thinking about putting on a new leather jacket or shearling coat. However, the temperatures will be dropping before you know it. Not only do you want to be prepared for the cooler weather, but you want to be stylish while doing so. While trends shouldn’t completely dictate your wardrobe, they’ll definitely serve as useful guidelines when it comes to your fall shopping trip. Here are some of the fall’s top trends for both menswear and womenswear and the best items to match.

 

 

SUIT UP

When it comes to fall and winter, every guy needs to step up his suit game. And it shouldn’t be too hard, as classic tailoring is quintessential in a fall/winter men’s collection. But sharp tailoring isn’t just for the guys; these days, sleek blazers and matching trousers look just as nice on ladies. Meanwhile, coats, dresses, shirts, and skirts can be given a spruced-up, professional twist. Whether office attire or eveningwear, there’s plenty to choose from in terms of structure and elegance, all of which can outlast a single season.


MOD SQUAD

The swinging 60s always make a comeback every now and then, but for fall 2014, this return seems stronger than ever. With festive colors and patterns on otherwise simple silhouettes, there are plenty of fun sweaters, dresses, and other items at your disposal. These pieces go exceptionally well with simple shoes and accessories, by the way.


SHEAR GENIUS

Shearling could seem like a bit of an obvious trend for the fall/winter season, probably because it’s a truly timeless staple. However, these pieces are anything but basic. In more colors and textures than you could imagine, shearling makes its typical appearance on outerwear and shoes, though it also pops up on bags and other accessories. Bundling up for fall can kind of suck sometimes. Not with these chic shearlings.


TIGHT KNIT

Another cliché for fall, knitwear was also redone in a variety of inventive ways for fall 2014, because designers know that no one wants just a boring sweater. Sure, traditional knits were aplenty. But for those who crave a little more pizzazz, there were sweater dresses, capes, and more. Some labels even churned out some unexpected items – like pleated skirts or men’s shirts – in knitwear form. Looks like it’s time to throw away your ugly Christmas sweater.


WORLD EXPLORER

Some might say “gypsy” or “boho,” but we’re calling it as we see it: designers are getting a lot of random influences from all across the globe. The end result shows furs and textures alongside animal prints and other patterns. Layering is key for fall and winter, so if you’re going to do it, then why not pile on a variety of influences? Go ahead, tap into your wanderlust this fall, and be sure to enjoy the journey.


DANCING IN THE STREETS

Streetwear and sportswear were just as present in the fall collections as everywhere else they’ve popped up in the past year. Meanwhile, some designers were getting a little excited this season, meshing rave-appropriate attire with these urban elements. Wild hues and prints appeared on everything from sneakers to parkas and more. A bit over-the-top at times? Maybe. But one’s thing’s for sure: fall 2014 is about to be party time.

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Menswear is Coming

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The latest from Issey Miyake menswear

Well that was fast, wasn’t it? It feels like literally days ago since the fall 2014 menswear shows wrapped, not to mention all of the couture, ready-to-wear, and resort shows that immediately followed. But as fashion goes, the next season approaches in the blink of an eye.

The spring/summer 2015 menswear shows are set to kick off with the fifth consecutive season of London Collections: Men. Always an exciting time, everyone’s anticipating more impressive feats from the likes of Burberry, J.W. Anderson, and Alexander McQueen. This season will also be the first time that Italian label Moschino will show in the British fashion capital, while it also marks creative director Jeremy Scott’s first menswear collection for the fashion house. Milan is always full of great work, too, and many people are looking forward to more great work from Stefano Pilati at Ermenegildo Zegna, along with continuously fantastic designs from Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, and many, many more.

And who could forget Paris? The magical city is teeming with equally inspiring men’s fashion. We’re heavily anticipating Yusuke Takahashi’s follow-up to his first two stunning seasons at Issey Miyake (pictured above), while it’s difficult to wait for whatever bold statement Walter Van Beirendonck will make this time around. Classic Parisian fashion houses never fail to impress, either; could anything get better than what we’ve seen last season at Lanvin or Givenchy?

In case you need to review the last round of menswear presentations, there’s plenty to see on Des Phosphènes. And after that, be sure to stay tuned for our coverage of the spring/summer 2015 menswear shows!

 

Feature photo by Scott Shapiro via Instagram

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The Top Moments of the Fall 2014 Season

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Photo Courtesy Vogue

And that’s a wrap! In the blink of an eye, New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks have all flown by, while January’s fall 2014 menswear shows are already a thing of the past. Yeah, the fashion industry seems like it’s moving faster than ever, leaving us all in some sort of disoriented blur. However, there are still some moments from both the men’s and women’s shows that took place over the past couple of months that really stood out. Whether fashion shows spectacles or simply stunning pieces and collections, here are the top 20 best moments, items, collections and more from the fall 2014 season (in no particular order).

  1. Underrated Talents
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    Photo by Scott Shapiro

    The fall 2014 menswear shows brought a lot of impressive work from the world’s top designers. But some of the best looks came from relatively lesser-known labels. In Paris, 22/04 and Y Project‘s shows of both menswear and womenswear presented some wearable yet totally unique styles. The two labels shared urban aesthetics in ultra-luxurious materials and construction, making them noteworthy ones to watch.

  2. Givenchy menswear
    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Though underrated masters showed their skills, the big names were still on top of the game. For Givenchy, that game was basketball, which went surprisingly well with Riccardo Tisci’s Bauhaus inspiration. The master of street chic, Tisci created a to-die-for range of printed sweatshirts, sleek sneakers and awesome outerwear that will surely be on our wish lists this fall.

  3. Lanvin menswear
    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Like Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver got a little urban for Lanvin’s fall 2014 menswear collection. Featuring sneakers that will probably sell like crazy, amazingly sleek outerwear and graphic tops, all worn by an army of models with the coolest haircuts around, the collection was easily one of the best of the season.

  4. Spectacular Sportswear
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    Photo by Scott Shapiro

    In case the already-mentioned menswear collections – and a bunch of this season’s womenswear collections – didn’t get the message across, let’s put it simply: sportswear has been huge lately. From the shoes to the outerwear to the fabric and more, it seems like everyone’s getting ready to run for fall 2014. But what’s more important is the practicality and usefulness of this trend. Yes, finally, an explosive trend that actually mixes style with comfort.

  5. Vogueing at HBA
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    Photo Courtesy NY Mag

    While few things could ever top the step dancing routine Rick Owens used in place of a traditional fashion show last season, designer Shayne Oliver came pretty close this season. At the conclusion of his extremely urban Hood By Air fall 2014 ready-to-wear show during New York Fashion Week, a series of dancers from different houses and teams fiercely vogued down the runway. A dramatic show finale at the beginning of Fashion Month, it was definitely a refreshing and unique way to show clothes.

  6. Off to Brooklyn
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    Photo Courtesy AP

    Plenty of designers chose to step away from the typical New York Fashion Week venues at Lincoln Center, but no one would ever think to head over to Brooklyn. That is, until Alexander Wang decided to do so. Wang felt that Brooklyn’s Navy Yard reflected the mood of his collection, forcing industry insiders to trek over to the spot by water taxi (though it’s likely that a lot came by water taxi). For those who attended, the trip was worth it, as they got to witness one of the most impressive shows of the season.

  7. Team Simkhai
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    Photo Courtesy Jonathan Simkhai

    One of the best moments during NYFW came from a single look, that being the logo sweatshirt shown in Jonathan Simkhai’s fall 2014 lookbook. Simply reading “Simkhai,” the oversized pinstriped top perfectly embodied his sporty-luxe aesthetic. We’re sure a lot of people will be team Simkhai this season.

  8. Diversity at Burberry
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    Photos Courtesy WWD

    This season unfortunately saw a substantial amount of shows with mostly white casts. While this lack of diversity is extremely upsetting, we do have to acknowledge those who saw the globe as the multifaceted place that it truly is. Cue Burberry Prorsum, where Christopher Bailey and co. cast a diverse cast that not only adequately reflected London’s multiethnic population, but that of the entire world. There are still several improvements that need to be made, but at least some people are finally living up to the truly global nature of the fashion industry.

  9. Moschino Madness
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    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Tom + Lorenzo

    It’s safe to say that Jeremy Scott’s first collection for Moschino was a little over-the-top. From a manipulated McDonald’s logo to Cheetos and nutrition facts printed onto eveningwear, things went a little crazy. To many, the collection was so ridiculous that it couldn’t be taken seriously, while others proposed that this was the type of fun that fashion desperately needs. Regardless, one thing’s for sure: the kitschy gear will likely sell like wildfire.

  10. Iceberg
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    Photos Courtesy Style.com

    Dreamlike knitwear, perfectly tailored neoprene suits and pops of color? Yes, please. The fall 2014 Iceberg collection might have gotten lost in the midst of the Milan Fashion Week highlights, but this space-age fantasy was definitely one of the best ranges we’ve seen all season.

  11. Keeping Up with Kendall
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    Photo Courtesy Raannt

    We just talked about Kendall Jenner‘s rise to fame and the polarizing effect it’s had on many people in the fashion industry. But with the Kardashian-by-association walking for A-list shows like Marc Jacobs, Giles, Givenchy and Chanel, it’s safe to say we’ve got a new face to watch. If her latest bookings didn’t convince you, her support from LOVE Magazine’s Katie Grand will probably work up something to do the trick.

  12. Rick’s Ladies
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    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Rick Owens’ latest presentation wasn’t as inspirational as last season’s dance show, but his appreciation for various types of beauty was just as great. Featuring young and old models of multiple sizes and ethnicities, the designer proved that there’s more than one look that fits into his edgy ensembles.

  13. Kenzo x David Lynch
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    Photo Courtesy Kenzo

    For their Opening Ceremony show in New York, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon literally made chocolate drip from the walls. So how did the team top their spectacle for the Kenzo show in Paris? By teaming up with legendary filmmaker, David Lynch, of course. Lynch is no stranger to designing settings, as his conception of Paris’ Silencio club truly showed his creative genius. The “Mysterioso” theme was conveyed through a maze-like runway surrounded by mirrors, while a large, distorted clay head stood in the center of it all. “He really designed the entire thing,” said Leon, mentioning that Lynch even contributed to directing the way the models walked. The director also created a 16-minute soundtrack for the show, adding the cherry on top of the surreal masterpiece that meshed fashion with a totally different form of creativity.

  14. The Chanel Shopping Center
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    Photo Courtesy Style Anywhere

    Though not a surrealist invention like that of the Kenzo show, Karl Lagerfeld’s “Chanel Shopping Center” set was definitely a highlight of Fashion Month. The designer transformed the Grand Palais into a supermarket decked out entirely with Chanel products, including Chanel spaghetti, produce and much more. Meanwhile, editors, models, Rihanna and others played around with the elaborate layout, making it a necessary fun time in the midst of the Fashion Week chaos.

  15. Chanel Sneaks

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    Photo Courtesy T Magazine

    In case anyone forgot, there were clothes that went along with the Chanel spectacle. And there were shoes, too, specifically some noteworthy sneakers. The sporty kicks showed up in Chanel’s latest couture show, and Kaiser Karl didn’t ditch them when it came time for ready-to-wear. Though there are plenty more designers who’ve mastered this style of footwear on a higher level, there’s no doubt that the Chanel sneakers are going to own the fall 2014 season.

  16. Vacuum-Packed
    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Back on the topic of sets, Iris Van Herpen got in on the elaborate action, too. The ambiance featured fully dressed models like Iekeliene Stange and Soo Joo Park shrink-wrapped in giant plastic bags, hoisted in the air in fetal position…yeah. Don’t worry, the girls were given oxygen through tubes, though their petrified facial expressions didn’t make things any less shocking. The feminine yet futuristic collection supported the antics, including the crazy footwear. A far cry from sneakers, heel-less seven-inch platforms with shin guards that wrapped around the backs of the models’ knees were designed in collaboration with United Nude. Who do you think had a harder time, the models in the plastic wrap or the ones navigating the runway?

  17. The Comeback Kid
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    Photo Courtesy New York Times

    To put it simply, Nicolas Ghesquière won Fashion Month. The iconic designer’s long-awaited comeback as the creative director at Louis Vuitton was phenomenal, displaying an ultra-modern, hyper-luxurious collection of understated strength. There’s not much to be said, other than thank goodness Nicolas and his immeasurable skills are back in the design arena.

  18. Super
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    Photos Courtesy Imaxtree

    One of the highlights of Nicolas Ghesquière’s comeback collection was the top model cast; the show opened with another comeback, that of Freja Beha Erichsen, and the stunning Liya Kebede and Maggie Rizer added to the lineup. Season after season, we’re exposed to new crops of nameless, essentially faceless models who dominate the runways. But for the fall 2014 ready-to-wear shows, we got a fair dose of old supermodels, too. As Natasha Poly opened Prada, Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk, Anne Vyalitsyna, Izabel Goulart and Lindsay Ellingson joined the cast at Philipp Plein’s Milan show. Meanwhile, Balenciaga brought out ladies like Caroline Trentini and Mariacarla Boscono, who also appeared at Givenchy (alongside Karen Elson, nonetheless). Oh, and Gisele Bündchen closed Balenciaga, too…casual.

  19. Riri’s Reign
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    Photo Courtesy The Citizens of Fashion

    Street style and celebrity fascination are two inevitable yet obnoxious elements of Fashion Month. Yet somehow, Rihanna mixed those two things perfectly during her time in Paris, and everyone was all about it. Whether doing menswear chic at Lanvin or baring it all at Balmain, @badgalriri really killed it in the style game this season.

  20. Lovely Lupita
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    Photo Courtesy Getty Images

    It’s the little things that count. Lupita Nyong’o sat front row at the Miu Miu show fresh off her Oscar win for best supporting actress. On the last day of Fashion Month, it’s likely that everyone else in room was feeling substantially more exhausted than Hollywood’s it-girl. Yet the gorgeous budding fashion icon and face of the label’s spring 2014 ads was as charming as ever, taking selfies with fellow attendees and politely introducing herself to everyone in her row. After a hectic month of fashion shows, this type of positive attitude is the best thing you could ask for.

Well, that’s all for now. Here’s to looking forward to more spectacular moments during next season’s shows!

Givenchy's autumn/winter 2014 show in Paris.

Sporty

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Givenchy's autumn/winter 2014 show in Paris.

It’s been said before, and it will probably be said again and again, but fashion seems to be taking a turn towards athleticism. There have been hints of this trend for a while now, with sneakers, sweats and technical fabrics popping up here and there. But the spring 2014 menswear season is when things really took off, with designers like Frida Giannini at Gucci, Massimiliano Giornetti at Salvatore Ferragamo, Phillip Lim, Italo Zucchelli at Calvin Klein Collection, Neil Barrett, Dries Van Noten and countless others throwing together ensembles that could’ve easily been sports uniforms. However, this wasn’t a one-season trend, rather the beginning of a fashion phenomena. Of course, the men’s styles began to spill over into the women’s collections. Sportswear even went to the extent of luxe trainers appearing in the couture collections of Chanel and Dior; you know a trend is huge when it permeates the one-of-a-kind haute couture track.

Continuing in several fall 2014 menswear collections, items such as anoraks and cuffed drawstring trousers were redone for the cooler months. As of New York Fashion Week, the trend was still going strong for ladies, too. What’s most exciting about the popularity of sporty styles is the statement they make. Instead of fashion dictating to the people, it seems like this urban sensibility came from streetwear itself. Sure, this invites plenty of gimmicky parody sports jerseys, obnoxious hipster interpretations and contrived street style bait, but it’s fascinating to see the trend properly executed by true design experts. It also doesn’t hurt that these aerodynamic, workout-ready silhouettes are done in optimum quality fabrics, reminding us that this is still fashion.

We can thank Riccardo Tisci for one, as his typically streetwear-influenced ensembles were some of the first to spark the marriage of high fashion to urban athleticism. Alexander Wang’s “New York cool” aesthetic helped push the trend further, and from there, plenty of other labels have quickly caught on. No matter who you attribute this style to, there’s no doubting that sportswear is all the rage.

Check out some of the best looks that fit into this hot trend!

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Melinda Gloss Fall 2014 Menswear

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“…The brand’s main focus this season is to achieve a contrasted and contemporary silhouette,” read the collection notes for Melinda Gloss’ fall 2014 menswear. And designers Mathieu de Ménonville and Rémi de Laquintane did just that, playing with the concept of the forest in their use of colors and textures.

The models walked out to a haunting tune before quickly going back behind the woodsy painting that divided the backstage from the surprisingly large, blindingly white Bastille show space. If you were sharp enough to catch a decent glimpse, you’d see equally sharp tailoring, as well as looser ensembles in a range of white, plum, green, and grey. Such shades helped key pieces stand out, like the bright green leather pants or the expansive sac worthy of both work and travel. Meanwhile, technical fabrics kept things up-to-date and in-season, shown on parkas and other double-sided outerwear.

But Mathieu and Rémi didn’t do it alone. There were exciting collaborations to be seen in the details, including the work of shoemaker Eugène Riconneaus and sunglasses made by Thierry Lasry. These precise elements, though shown in one of the shortest presentations of the season, certainly bolstered the already stylish Melinda Gloss man.

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See the full Melinda Gloss fall 2014 menswear collection here!

All photos in this article by Scott Shapiro

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Rynshu Fall 2014 Menswear

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Rock ‘n’ roll is always a safe bet. Though Rynshu’s latest collection might only have company with Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent when it comes to the currently off-trend “glam punk” thing, sometimes things just work. From silver metallics to studs and sparkles, the ensembles stuck to typical codes of androgyny and edge. Long coats and capes sealed the deal, adding a slight drama and dynamism to the otherwise rigid lines.

Unfortunately, there might be a reason such styles aren’t exactly spot-on in today’s market. A designer shouldn’t work based on trends, as going against the crowd can often provide fresh viewpoints in a borderline monotonous season. But when only a few others are doing the same thing, it invites lots of comparison and criticism. Though the fall 2014 Rynshu menswear collection was certainly sharp and strong, there was little to be seen that could be considered new, inspiring, or groundbreaking.

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See the full Rynshu fall 2014 menswear collection here!

All photos in this article by Scott Shapiro

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Agnès B. Fall 2014 Menswear

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It’s funny how contributing factors outside of a fashion show itself can adapt an opinion on a collection. The press at the fall 2014 Agnès B. menswear show was easily one of the most organized and professional in all of Paris. It all helped to set the stage for the theatrical production staged in a small room in the relatively obscure Canal Saint Martin neighborhood.

The collection was inspired by 1960’s about Victorian-era horror; Jack the Ripper is the first to come to mind. As models in morbid white face paint stumbled out, appearing blinded by the runway lights, the first set of looks included dandy three-piece suits, velvet blazers, and costume-like overcoats. Afterwords, the presentation left the horror flick gimmick behind and proceeded with the 1960’s vibes. The models, sans eccentric makeup, stopped mid-runway to do a twirl or remove a jacket, showing the clothes in the style of an old-school, intimate défilé. Casual and wearable autumn essentials were done with an upbeat twist, featuring long coats, sleek leather jackets and pants, and a street-smart vibe that could fit into just about any era.

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See the full Agnès B. fall 2014 menswear collection here!

All photos in this article by Scott Shapiro

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Lanvin Fall 2014 Menswear

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“Do we lose our identity in that community?” Alber Elbaz asked, referring to the dominating presence of social media in today’s world. Such a notion was exemplified by the large blank faces that adorned the final set of tops in the show, which are sure to be some of the season’s best-selling items, by the way.

But before the thought-provoking finale, Elbaz and co-designer Lucas Ossendrijver presented yet another astonishing series of to-die-for looks. The Lanvin man went digital. Tech fabrics were here, while pristine outerwear in a variety of shapes, styles, and colors appeared almost futuristic, as they could have jumped right out of a computer screen. Sleek to say the least, the often oversized garments were further dramatized with practically floor-sweeping foulards. The refinement of the clean looks was juxtaposed with the models’ tough shaved cuts, which were probably huge commitments for the boys. But being a part of such creations was probably worth it.

Bold colors and playful prints harkened back to some sort of 1980’s kitsch, though Elbaz and Ossendrijver’s monumental mastery managed to reinvent these concepts for a modern Parisian man. Yes, there were several elements that alluded to the season’s ubiquitous sporty styles, but don’t think that this dynamic duo would ever succumb to a herd mentality in regards to a trend. Olympic gold-winning trousers with bright side stripes and mesh details on a series of shirts could have easily created some of the most luxurious uniforms on Earth. There was even a sense of teamwork, as every bag, shoe, and spectacularly tailored suit worked in unison for the sake of beauty, elegance, and perfection.

Not to discredit any of the amazing work from all of the other designers who presented their respective fall 2014 menswear collections, but Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver have pretty much won the season.

See the full Lanvin fall 2014 menswear collection here!

Feature image by Boutayna Fartale

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Officine Generale Fall 2014 Menswear

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Still a relatively new brand, Pierre Mahéo’s Officine Generale continues its rise in the fashion industry with “Parisian chic,” wearable classics. Created with Japanese, English, and Italian fabrics, the traditional collection provided a wide range of seasonal necessities, all shown in a well-executed static presentation. From simple sneakers to stylish scarves, lightweight parkas to useful overcoats, there was nothing but sartorially friendly essentials at Officine Generale fall 2014 menswear.

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See the full Officine Generale fall 2014 menswear collection here!

All photos in this article by Scott Shapiro