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5 menswear trends from the 2017 Paris men’s fashion week

After a three-week menswear marathon taking in London, Milan and Paris, the fashion world is busy taking stock of the new men's trends for spring/summer 2018.

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An exotic wardrobe

Exotic inspirations at Louis Vuitton

Exotic inspirations at Louis Vuitton.

Labels including Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Christian Dada and Paul Smith whisked menswear away to exotic lands during the Parisian shows, which took place during a sweltering heatwave. Previously seen in London and Milan, there were exotic motifs aplenty on the Paris runway with flowers and palm trees in sunny shades, with red, orange and yellow evoking a tropical sunset.

Stripes

Stripes at Balmain

Stripes at Balmain.

After being spotted on the catwalks of London and Milan, stripes confirmed their status as a summer trend at the Paris shows. As well as exotic motifs, the SS18 menswear shows featured lots of more graphic, even geometric, prints. Whether vertical, horizontal or diagonal, stripes were everywhere, seen on suits, shirts and sweaters, in color or in black and white. Although mostly the thin pinstripe variety, labels like Balmain showed stripes with thicker bands. Stripes were spotted at Kenzo, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, Andrea Crews and Henrik Vibskov.

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Sock central

Socks and sandals at Henrik Vibskov.

Socks and sandals at Henrik Vibskov.

Watch out for socks in SS18. Noticeably present in the season’s shows, socks were rocked with sandals (sometimes platforms) or pool slides, and sleek city socks were seen with Bermuda shorts, which are also set to make a comeback next summer. This quirky trend was spotted at Henrik Vibskov, Louis Vuitton and Pigalle Paris.