What's hot at men's fashion week

Super-long sleeves and mini-skirts among the top five trends at Paris event

PARIS • With Paris men's fashion week having ended last weekend, here are five of the main trends so far on the spring-summer catwalks:

SUPER-LONG SLEEVES

They may give their wearer something of the look of Lurch from The Addams Family, but nothing is more on trend at the moment than sleeves that dangle to the knees.

Super-long "gorilla sleeves" now have global reach after making early Paris appearances in shows by Raf Simons and Demna Gvasalia's hugely influential Vetements brand over the past year.

While Gvasalia resisted his own trope in his show for Balenciaga last Wednesday, there was no shortage of others following in his oversized wake.


1. A Rick Owens number featuring long sleeves | 2. A Christophe Lemaire djellaba outfit | 3. A reimagined boiler suit by Andrea Crews | 4. Louis Vuitton's take on the tartan theme | 5. Maison Margiela's cheeky mini-skirt creation. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Very long sleeves were prominent in Los Angeles avant-gardist Rick Owens' show.

South Korean label Juun.j went almost Mr Gadget-length in its hoodies last Friday, adding trailing cords to make them look even longer.

Are they practical? Certainly not. But are they likely to filter down to stroppy teenager street fashion? You bet.

DJELLABAS

Maybe it is because it is Ramadan or, more likely, there is some other sort of strange kismet at work.

Whatever the reason, it is hard to ignore all the clothes with something of an Islamic air.

While it is still a long way from a male equivalent of "modest fashion", designer Christophe Lemaire featured four djellabas - including one which would not look out of place on an imam.

Lemaire insisted he had not consciously set out to a create specific Muslim-influenced style, but was just "picking up influences from people I live around in Paris".

Another trendy Paris label OAMC had a rethought djellaba raincoat as well as a lighter tunic shirt.

Japanese brand Issey Miyake got in on the act with sublime kameez tunics and blanket shawls inspired by a trip designer Yusuke Takahashi made to India.

BOILER SUITS

Workwear has been in for some time and now the humble boiler suit has got its day in the sun.

The one-piece overall was thoroughly deconstructed and reassembled by Andrea Crews into a whole wardrobe - from biker suit to dungarees - while Comme des Garcons protege Junya Watanabe nattily matched it with Panama and pork pie hats.

Lemaire added a topical twist, with one-pieces resembling the battledress of peshmerga Kurdish fighters, who fight against the Islamic State group.

TARTAN

Maybe not in Brigadoon proportions, but tartan - used sparingly - is a recurring theme across several collections for spring-summer 2017.

Louis Vuitton and Japanese labels Kolor and Facetasm made striking use of it in their shows, while OAMC went "Trainspotting meets the Edinburgh Tattoo" with checked Crombie-style coats and trousers.

BOYS WILL BE GIRLS

Unisex and androgynous looks have been the big men's meta-trend for some time.

The past week, men and women modelled in men's clothes as well as boys in mini-skirts (Maison Margiela) and in ever so effete pastels (Pigalle).

The never-less-than-wonderful Walter Van Beirendonck dressed his models in gorgeous trailing ribbons, inspired by English Morris men folk dancers.

Juun.j's models trailed cords in their wake as they walked down the runway and at least one of the big houses which showed over the weekend had the same idea.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2016, with the headline 'What's hot at men's fashion week'. Print Edition | Subscribe