Up Pompeii! Paris Men's Fashion Goes Roman Back In Time
Sumaira FH 30 days ago Tue 18th June 2019 | 09:14 PM
It was not quite the return of the toga, but Spanish wunkerkind Alejandro Gomez Palomo turned the fashion clock back 2,000 years at his Paris men's show Tuesday
"Buried under the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius lies a distant civilisation of Palomo boys who for centuries have been subject to a deep lethargy," he declared.
Palomo believes pretty dresses are not just for girls and his clothes can be worn by men, women and everyone in between in.
Watch out for versions of his centurion sandals, which strode a stylish line between sneaker boot and espadrille, in the shops next summer To the sound of imperial trumpets, he sent out his resurrected Roman dandies, socialites and emperors in clever and erudite clothes made from everything from jute to the flounciest feathers.
- Laurels in their hair - A Roman general's armour was reimagined in dripping white Andalusian lace, legionnaires' helmets evoked in chin strap headbands, breastplates turned into vinyl corsets, and dance floor dandies wore leather laurel leaves in their hair.
Palomo's dive into Roman accessories -- armbands, torcs and chainmail -- was so deep, one model wore a golden nose similar to the solid gold hooter sported by the 7th-century Byzantine emperor Justinian II.
As for the toga, he took it on a wild bacchanalian dance from a relatively simple embroidered tunic to the glammiest of tulle feather-fringed evening dresses.
Despite their feminine line, Palomo insisted that his clothes are very much designed and tailored for men -- even if lots of women were now wearing them.
"I would never call them women's dresses or say they are for women," he told AFP. "Everything is for men." The 27-year-old designer said he wanted to "liberate" men from the straitjacket of suit and trousers.
"It's great that women have helped get my clothes known, but I do not feel so qualified to design for them," he added.
- Ballet pumps and urban cowboys - Palomo -- who lives and works far from the madding fashion crowd in his home village of Posadas near Cordoba -- weaved the Roman, Spanish and Arab influences of his native region into his clothes.
But there was also a nod to the transgender hijra culture of the Indian subcontinent.
She had her vintage, vaguely aristo lost-boy models wear ballet pumps and cute stripey silk pyjama suits.
Bode is known for turning 100-year-old tablecloths or 1960s towels into rather beautiful shorts and jackets, all with the lightest of off-beam touches.
And she didn't disappoint with her debut Paris collection that gently flirted with gender.