Paris men’s fashion week: Julius F/W 2011/2012

Julius is one of those labels which I personally admire for the beautiful craftsmanship, innovative cuts and extraordinary durability; There aren’t too many designer houses who would test their garments as carefully in practice as the team lead by Julius’ head designer Tatsuro Horikawa. His lastest collection for fall/winter 11/12, simply named Halo;, was not a disappointment either: Inspired by the contrast of the violent chaos of New York and Hong Kong and a peaceful atmosphere of a French monastery, you could definitely see the strong urban and religious references present in Horikawa’s designs. “Halo;” featured cleverly cut leathers, knits, tailored coats, draped tops, and thick coats in soft browns, black, luminous white and even gold – creating a cohesive and harmonious collection for next winter.

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Construction in black

The fact that our backyard has been turned into a giant tent withholding a noisy construction zone, made it tempting to live dangerously, and use the space to snap a few pictures regardless of the “keep out” sign taped to our back door. Not only did it give a rather interesting background to the photos, but also a chance to finally introduce these high waisted Ann Demeulemeester trousers which I got for my birthday last month. As usual, I have worn them on multiple occasions since, yet somehow always managed to avoid getting them eternalized in their full glory. My latest wardrobe resident is made of 85% virgin wool, as comfortable as it can get, and full of neat little details, like the twisted seams, slits in the hem and two buckled straps on the waistline. Very Ann D indeed. Somehow that woman knows how to make clothes to flatter the female body, and hey, that works for me.

Long sleeve shirt: Julius
Knit vest: Object
Trousers: Ann Demeulemeester
Wedge ankle boots: Ann Demeulemeester
Leather bag: Self-made

Paris men's fashion week: Julius S/S 2011

The second, and probably one of the most awaited fashion show for me in Paris, was  the Julius spring/summer 2011. For this show I had a seat, so my boyfriend was left alone in the camera section to take care of the footage, and with our mutual agreement, he made a video to better catch the atmosphere of the collection. Unfortunately, I had left the camera stand home, so the result is a bit shaky but let’s give my camera man a big  break since this was his first time using the video mode, and at the same time the video debuts as my first ever Youtube creation.

This collection did not make my heart skip as much as the Julius’ fall/winter 10/11, but there are definitely nice elements there. My favorite pieces of the collection have to be the jackets and the tank tops with straps, which I as a woman, would wear anytime. I adore the easiness of the silhouette and the use of red and burgundy color as accentuating points. As you can see, my hatred towards the color red has turned into a delicate passion, well that is, when it’s styled right. I have heard rumors that Julius is coming up with unisex collection in the future, which is great news for us female fans of the talented designer Tatsuro Horikawa.

Julius S/S11 collection

Video by Peter

Once again, I couldn’t resist of capturing some of the great styles outside of the Julius show.


The humble designer Tatsuro Horikawa is on the right (wearing a hat).

Dj Mike Nouveau from NYC.

In the middle Christian, creator of the great new site Fashionology featuring history of fashion, articles, discussions, and personal style galleries. Fashion Flux recommends.

Peter.

Our roommate Arash.

More of the collection here and about the designer here.

Next up, coverage from the Viridi-anne installation, so swing by later!