It's the penultimate day of the Paris Spring/Summer 2015 menswear collections! In case you missed them, don’t worry - the Raf Simons, Rick Owens, and Yojhi Yamamoto panels are now available on demand!
The Raf Simons panel consisted of designer Maarten van der Horst, fashion historian Lucy Norris, fashion consultant Tremaine Emory, and writer Hettie Judah. The panel synonymously agreed that Raf Simons has reached an iconic status in the industry, with Emory describing how 'there's a subculture of guys from all demographics that are obsessed'. The discussion moved to the importance of music in Simons' life and work, with a celebrity question from, fittingly, musician Bobby Gillespie.
Rick Owens' expert panel featured special guests performer James Jeanette, creative director Donald Crunk, blogger Steve Salter, and designer Sebastiaan Pieter. The group discussed the Rick Owens house as a lifestyle brand, as well as his ability to create cohesive collections. ‘It’s got that 90’s, dystopian, Mad Max - future gone punk feel,’ said Haj-Najafi of the runway show. The panel was pleasantly surprised by a celebrity question from none other than Owens’ wife, Michele Lamy, who asked the panel ‘What is Rick doing: freeing the men, or empowering them?’
The Yojhi Yamamoto panel was composed of specialist bookshop director Lucy Moore, editor Verity Parker, and stylist Karl Plewka, calling the collection a 'romanticized urban warrior', which ultimately turned into a discussion of the future of Yojhi's brand, following a celebrity question by designer Tigran Avetisyan; 'what will remain of the brand in 10, 20, 30 years?'. Haj-Najafi concluded that Yohji's outspokenness about wanting the brand to end when he passes made sense, saying 'if you've put your heart and soul into something, you don't want it to go through the corporate machine'. All three panels were hosted by our resident chair Daryoush Haj-Najafi.
Watch the panels on demand now, and stay tuned for the rest of our live panel discussions.