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After a full week of luxury fashion menswear shows Paris Fashion Week has come to an end. What can we learn from the Spring-Summer 2016 showcases? That denim, overalls, and silks are all on the cards for next year.

As one of the first shows on the schedule, Valentino gave a taster of many of the trends that were to shape Paris Fashion Week. Denim, bomber jackets, embroidered silks and other Spring-Summer 2016 favourites all appeared on the Valentino runway as Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli created a cultural and stylistic patchwork.

3.1 Philip Lim
The 3.1 Philimp Lim Spring-Summer 2016 collection revisited the archetypes of American sportswear. References to sportswear were subtly woven into the collection and played off against loose tailoring. Copious amounts of mesh, blues and stripes met with loose and casual shapes for an overarching relaxed feel. 

Louis Vuitton
Embroidered silk, bombers, denim and slicked back hair were all on the cards at Louis Vuitton. The brand’s menswear artistic director referenced different elements of Asian culture and layered them over signature American styls, creating a cultural kaleidoscope for Spring-Summer 16.

Voyage was a theme that cropped up throughout Paris Fashion Week, from moon expeditions at Wooyoungmi, to desert explorations at Kenzo. Olivier Rousteing also chose to take inspiration from travel for his first ever menswear collection for Balmain. Explorers and adventurers of early twentieth century were the young designer’s starting point: suede, leather and cotton all came together in beige, camel and brown hues, gradually getting darker as the show went on.
The setting for the Dior show was a ‘jardin a la francaise’ or a French garden, in a celebration of the brand’s Frenchness. Tailoring was juxtaposed with bomber jackets, whilst argyle patterns contrasted with camo prints, thereby infusing very traditional styles with a contemporary twist. This was a refined example of modern luxury fashion for men.

Following the Saint Laurent’s closing show yesterday, menswear is to now take a break until mid July, when New York Fashion Week: Men’s will see its first ever edition.