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The temperamental weather in Paris proved no match for the enthusiasm of fashion editors, celebrities and influencers who braved the strong mid-day sun and the threat of rain to watch the latest menswear collections – even as many shows took place outdoors.
After a few seasons of digital runways amid the Covid-19 pandemic, some designers challenged themselves to push the boundaries of physical presentations – from an acrobatic performance at Issey Miyake’s Homme Plissé to a recreation of the namesake designer’s childhood home and garden at Dior Men.
Rick Owens returned to his usual haunt at Palais de Tokyo with a runway presentation punctuated by three giant globes that were set ablaze, air-lifted and then dramatically dropped into the building’s fountain pool as models walked around its periphery. It was Instagram gold.
At the KidSuper show, designer Colm Dillane staged a live auction of paintings that inspired his collection, raising over $500,000 for foundations supporting young artists. “I wanted people to interact … and make it an experience. I had always wanted to do an art show as a fashion show, and people could participate in the auction,” Dillane told CNN Style.