Recent men’s fashion weeks A/W 2010-2011, have shown that certain designers are taking inspiration from Rive Gauche/Left Bank influences for next season, and these influences have also filtered through to the high street. The essence of life on the Rive Gauche during the early 1900s was very social, and time was spent out on the streets with intellectuals and artists spilling out of cafes and bars, even during the Winter months. This meant layering was important for keeping warm, and big overcoats and chunky knits were essential. Another key feature of Rive Gauche styling is an eclectic mix of textures, fabrics and styles – for example, rigid structured blazers covered by over-sized trench coats and teamed with looser, chunky knits and layered trousers. Added to this are loosely-bundled, oversized scarves or alternatively, knotted neckerchiefs to give a distinctively French, bohemian twist.
One of the biggest features this year more so than las is definetly scarves, and other designers have picked up on this. The Y-3 Yohji Yamamoto and Corneliani collections for A/W 2010-2011 both include oversized, chunky knit scarves, whereas Roberto Cavalli and Hermes opted for silk, patterned scarves, to add a splash of colour in an eccentrically European way.
Collections by 3.1 Phillip Lim and Burberry Prorsum feature oversized, belted trench coats and layered chunky cardigans and jumpers, and Agnes B in their Paris show also featured some cape-style coats which really capture the essence of urban bohemian layers. In addition, one of the most interesting collections supportive of this trend was by a fairly new designer called Alexis Mabille.
WHATS YOUR TREND FOR WINTER?