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Paris Fashion Week Men to feature 17 physical shows

Translated by
Nicola Mira
Jan 11, 2022

On Friday evening, the French men’s fashion association unveiled the official programme of Paris Fashion Week Men, scheduled on January 18-23. There are no major surprises, except for the withdrawal of two of the new names that were announced before Christmas among this season’s Parisian runway debuts. They are US label Amiri by Californian designer Mike Amiri and VTMNTS, the new line characterised by “understated, sustainable luxury” that was launched in summer by Guram Gvasalia, which both no longer appear on the definitive calendar.

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This season's Paris Fashion Week Men’s official calendar includes 76 labels, with 17 runway shows and 29 presentations in physical format (altogether, 46 in-person events) and 30 digital shows, as the French Fashion and Haute Couture Federation (FHCM) stated in a press release. FHCM also indicated that the presentation formats chosen by the labels might change “depending on the health situation and the measures introduced by the public authorities.” Notably, Paco Rabanne and Alaïa will present their women's ready-to-wear collections during the menswear week, both on Sunday January 23, respectively at 4.30 pm and 8.30 pm CET.

The fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is surging all over the world at the start of 2022, will once again prevent the world of fashion from going back to staging fashion weeks with in-person events only. Of the Parisian week’s 17 physical runway shows, two will be held on the same day, Thursday January 20 at 2.30 pm and 6.30 pm CET, by Louis Vuitton. Rumour has it that the label's men’s collection set to be unveiled for the occasion will feature the last work by Creative Director Virgil Abloh, who passed away aged 41 on November 28 2021.

Among other top luxury names, Dior Men, Hermès, Loewe, Jil Sander, Rick Owens, Ami and Y/Project have also opted to stage a physical show, as well as Kenzo, whose show on Sunday January 23 will be one of the week's highlights, introducing the first collection designed by the label’s new creative director, Nigo, a leading figure in Japanese streetwear.

Of the six new names joining the official Parisian menswear calendar for the first time this season, four will stage in-person shows: young British designer Bianca Saunders, French labels Bluemarble and EgonLab, and Danish brand Rains. The other two rookies, Japanese label Doublet and US label Kidsuper, have chosen to show in digital format.

The situation is evolving rapidly however, as shown by this week's serial cancellations of fashion events that were scheduled in January, and the Parisian calendar might undergo a few more modifications before January 18.

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