FASHION WEEK Men's Style PARIS — 28 June 2013

ValentinoValentino lead by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli created a militant style ready to wear collection. Almost as if designed for the military man who opted to have a more creative work-wear was the themed of the 2014 collection. By no means was this collection filled with drab colors found in militaries. It was given panache with an assortment of creative looks that gave a more tantalizing visual perspective than military uniforms.

Leading the Valentino march was a two-toned and three-toned blue and grey denim suits which transitioned into a coat and pants. Parkas lengthened the collection by stopping just above the knee. Military style coats with stripes continued a trend spotted at Paris Fashion Week. Casual Friday looks provided an assortment of light-weight leather jackets still keeping the military feel in tact.

Fortifying the military work-wear themed were printed camouflage pants with soft sweaters and jackets creating a relaxed yet fashionable silhouette.  Hawaiian style pants gave a tropical feel with natured prints. Khaki or beige aviator jacketss brought in creativity with single leather pieces covering breast pockets and buttons. Valentino presented color blocked style overcoats, raincoats and trimmed jackets.

It was pleasent to see a variety of items that can be used as seprates in this collection. The ability to mix and match items allows the consumer to find mulituple uses. Because of this, we expect this collection to be welcomed quite warmly during the spring 2014 season. But if you are looking for an explosive collection, this isn’t it. The collection was minimal. “It’s a personal uniform. You define yourself,” says Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

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Andrew Roby is an Event Planner for District Fete and has a fashion alter-ego. Birthed in an event planning career, fashion has always been his main drive. But not just any type of fashion; men's fashion is his strongest desire as he feels most men's wear designers are under dogs to women's wear. When not seeking out the latest shoes, bags or tailored coat, HGTV is his guilty pleasure. One way or the other style and design is incorporated into whatever he does.

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