Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Valentino

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Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Valentino
Using the language of clothes, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli celebrate multicultural style in a worldly collection

It was a global affair... featuring motifs from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Mythical Asian creatures decorated souvenir silk jackets; Native American patterns were exquisitely woven onto shirts and military coverups; and Hawaiian prints were thermal printed onto T-shirts and leather bomber jackets.

What is a Valentino show without... the quintessential camouflage print on everything from shirts, sandals and backpacks? This time, it was presented in a baseline palette of military green, black and denim. 

Not setting any agenda... the SS16 show was a collection of wearable clothes elevated by the exquisite workmanship the French maison is known for. The statement patchwork coat hand-stitched to couture perfection is our case in point. 

Man bags peppered the collection... in all prints, shapes and sizes. Think leather drawstring bags (thoughtfully designed with handles), clutches and fanny packs.

The soundtrack paid homage to...  grunge legend Nirvana. It was a song-filled journey of classical renditions of Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are and Lithium.

Clearly a collection on individuality... the show's front row included former  band members Joe Jonas and Zayn Malik who've chosen to embark on solo careers. 

To see the full collection, click on the slideshow below.

To see all our coverage of Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16, click here.

Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

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