I have been trying to get my 10 Must See Red Carpet Moments From Paris Menswear Fashion Week Fall 2018 up on here for almost a week. Now that the Grammy’s are behind us I wanted to finally bring you all of my favorite menswear looks from the French fashion capitals runway. When it comes to styles NYC is most known for street wear, London and Milan are known for tailoring, and Paris is known for bold style. I have to say that of any of the fashion weeks for Men that Paris is always my favorite. The clothes are always on the extra side and perfect for stars who want to step out of the normative box of dressing. Bellow are the 10 moments from the Fall 2018 Menswear runways of Paris that I think have the best red carpet potential. Alexander McQueen: This season Sarah Burton decided to forgo her usual spot on the London Fashion Week calendar to show her latest menswear collection for Alexander McQueen. To me the McQueen brand, despite its British roots, is a quintessential Parisian runway brand. Several male stars including Eddie Redmayne, John Legend, and Andrew Garfield are fans of wearing McQueen on the red carpet. The look I want to see on the red carpet the most is this rich red rose printed silk suit, but it is going to take the right guy to make it work on the red carpet and I think someone like Drake would infuse this suit with a sense of effortless cool that would make it even better on the red carpet that it was on the runway.
Amiri: I can’t say that I have ever payed any attention to Amiri before, but the brands Fall 2018 Menswear show just oozed cool from the first look to the last. I personally thought the whole collection evoked the spirit of Lenny Kravitz and I definitely can picture him taking this emerald green leather moto jacket layered over a distressed white henley, distressed ripped skinny jeans with a black and white plaid flannel tied around his waist and pair of red suede ankle boots and rocking them for his street style or on the stage.Balmain: I have to say I am pretty much over what Olivier Rousting has done for Balmain womenswear, but I am totally here for his menswear. I have a feeling that is because Olivier has over-saturated the womenswear market since his Balmain x H&M collaboration. It comes that we rarely go a fortnight without at least one Balmain ensemble on the back of a female star, but rarely do we see men wearing the brand on the red carpet. I think the overall extra-ness of the crystal embellishments on the standout pieces that we see on the runways and almost never see on a red carpet. I would love to see this white fully crystal embellished tuxedo jacket layered over a matching black sweater and paired with black patent leather pants on a red carpet but it is going to take someone with a lot of effortless confidence like Miguel to make this into a great red carpet moment.
Dior Homme: When it comes to what brand I think dresses the most men on the red carpet I would definitely rank Dior Homme high on that list. They have some great friends of the house which include Robert Pattinson, The Weekend, and Eddie Redmayne who bring some of the edgier looks to life on the red carpet. It was just this Grammy’s weekend that they dressed Zayn and the boys of Migos. I was actually really surprised we didn’t see one of the guys snatch one of the looks from the Dior Homme Fall 2017 Menswear collection for the Grammy Awards. I definitely can definitely picture someone like Joe Jonas taking this red and black abstract print double breasted skinny suit and rocking it for a music award show. Dries Van Noten: I definitely feel like a lot of the brands that we hail for their womenswear that also have menswear lines see the men’s collections overshadowed on the red carpet. I can’t say that I ever remember seeing a male celebrity wearing Dries on the red carpet, but as I looked through the Fall 2018 Menswear collection there are definitely some pieces that I would really like to see given a red carpet moment. I personally want to see this chocolate brown blazer which features intricate golden floral embroidery to magically appear in my closet right now, but I also think that Armie Hammer could make it a chic moment on the red carpet too.
Haider Ackermann: Menswear from Haider Ackermann is extremely underrated, though thanks to Tilda Swinton we have seen some of the great pieces that have come down some of his past menswear runways on the red carpet. I think that if anyone could bring one of these looks to the red carpet it would be the new extremely cool, less try hard Harry Styles. I would think he would take this blue velvet and printed silk trimmed blazer and pair with with a pair of light blue on light blue tonal striped pants and just ooze cool guy glam on whatever red carpet he decided to step on to. Louis Vuitton: The Louis Vuitton Fall 2018 Menswear show signaled the end of an era. Menswear creative director Kim Jones stepped down after assuming the role in 2011. He has given us major moments and memorable collaborations (hello Supreme x LV) and he will definitely be missed. His Fall 2018 show was pretty much a redone retrospective of his greatest hits paired with great combat boots. The show even ended with a major supermodel moment with Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss wearing LV logo trench coats. There is a lot of speculation (that was fueled even further thanks to those trenches) that Kim Jones will be heading to Burberry (could he and Phoebe Philo be splitting menswear and womenswear?) but nothing has been made public yet. I would love to see Nick Jonas take this metallic bomber jacket, tree limb print polo, and navy pants and rock it on the red carpet. I would probably leave the boots at home though.
Maison Margiela: As I said in my review this was the debut Maison Margiela menswear collection for John Galliano, who has been serving as the creative director of the brands womenswear since the Spring 2015 Couture collection. I call it the Galliano effect. He took the menswear that has been really blah for the most part and made it really interesting and fun to watch. It is going to take some really secure men to make these pieces work, but I also can picture women wanting many of the pieces in this collection. I desperately want to see Cate Blanchett take this electric blue silk suit and totally own it on a red carpet. Paul Smith: Every season Paul Smith gives some great, perfectly tailored menswear on the red carpet. I think that of all the looks on this list that this navy blue and dark purple patchwork wool double breasted suit is definitely the simplest, but I think that makes it more of a contender in my eyes to actually get a red carpet moment. Timothee Chalamet has that same just left off normal aesthetic so I think that he would make this a really chic red carpet moment, maybe for one of the many events on the road to the Oscars.
Valentino: Rounding out this list is a look that I want Michael B. Jordan to rock during the Black Panther promo tour. I know that this navy blue tiger emblazoned nylon bomber jacket is an obvious iteration of the idea behind the movie, but I think that is what would make it perfect for Michael to wear for a press appearance or a photocall for the film. Pierpaolo Piccioli has consistently gotten better and better as the solo creative director at Valentino and this menswear collection was perfection from top to bottom.