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Fri Jan 27, 2023, 07:39 PM Jan 2023

Here's What Went Down at Paris Fashion Week Men's AW23

Mon Dieu! The ’fits in Paris were colder than winter in the City of Love this week. From futuristic, 3D-printed models by Reebok, RAINS and Dior to collaborative chaos from ASICS, sacai and Junya Watanabe, there was plenty of teeth-chattering footwear for sneakerheads to get around. Chitose Abe dusted off the Nike Footscape (hooray!), while AURALEE and Bricks & Wood both nailed their latest New Balance collaborations. Of course, there was also much, much more.

Now that the dust has finally settled, it’s time to recap one of the wildest fashion weeks in recent years.



3D Printing

Behold, sneakerheads: the future! 3D-printed footwear continues to gain traction in the sneaker industry, and the machines have been whirring over time in Paris. Utilised by Kim Jones and Dior, the Parisian imprint used the tech to drive their ‘Carlo’ designs into the future, with the dress shoes the best example yet of Dior’s desire to bring 3D-printed shoes to the commercial market. Installing a quicklace system above glossy black leather tongues, the intricate, 3D-printed weave incorporates subtle Dior branding at the heels and underfoot. Currently, we’ve only seen a matte black finish for the shoe (the white pair pictured was simply part of the design process).

Elsewhere, Denmark’s RAINS tapped industry leaders Zellerfeld to produce their very first iteration – the aptly named ‘Puffer Boot’ looking like an object of interstellar fascination. While we’re yet to confirm an official release date, Zellerfeld seems certain that the megalithic silo will ‘inspire more printed shoe designs to go the oversized route in the future.’ Not to be left out, Reebok also plugged in the printers, hooking up with BOTTER for the Venus Comb Murex Shell, a silhouette using HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology. Somewhat similar to the unreleased Yeezy D Rose, the deepsea design actually took cues from Murex seashells – the very same with which Greek Goddess Venus combed her hair. Hey, if it’s good enough for a Greek Goddess!

Rise of ASICS

If anyone was in any doubt about ASICS’ rise in the footwear industry, Paris AW23 put it to bed. From the launch of the Brain Dead x ASICS Gel-Nimbus 9 to collaborations with AWAKE NY and Andersson Bell, ASICS were on fire all week long. Not for the faint of heart (or weak at the knees), Brain Dead’s gaudy GEL-Nimbus 9 split sneakerheads right down the middle, with the mind-melting medley of colours simply too much to handle for some (alas, we’ll most certainly be stunting pairs at SF HQ). Seoul-based fashion label Andersson Bell also got in on the ASICS action, the exclusive GEL-Sonoma 15-50 boasting an adroit blend of fashion and utility. Arriving in a trio of eye-catching colourways, the model was originally conceived as a technical runner optimised for trail running. Always a centrepiece of their collaborations, Andersson Bell’s storytelling took centre stage. The trio of colourways this time revolved around ‘ASICS World’ – a strange place full of peculiar plants and creatures.


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Here's What Went Down at Paris Fashion Week Men's AW23 (Original Post) Celerity Jan 2023 OP
God-awful. I love men in beautifully tailored suits and clean-looking casual clothes. Not sinkingfeeling Jan 2023 #1
to each their own, I love new fashion Celerity Jan 2023 #3
+1 nt Tree-Hugger Jan 2023 #9
I thought most of them were quite beautiful Lulu Latech Jan 2023 #13
One wonders . . . madamesilverspurs Jan 2023 #2
emaciated stick figures in clothes 4 sizes too big. well its good for selling excess fabric nt msongs Jan 2023 #4
My thoughts also. nt Atticus Jan 2023 #12
First world problems Tetrachloride Jan 2023 #5
what problems? Celerity Jan 2023 #7
This message was self-deleted by its author Celerity Jan 2023 #8
Thank You for posting! Some fabulous outfits. Irish_Dem Jan 2023 #6
Same Tree-Hugger Jan 2023 #10
I had a friend who was well to do and put a lot of money on her back. Irish_Dem Jan 2023 #14
Many great looks here Tree-Hugger Jan 2023 #11
Honestly, I feel like this Texasgal Jan 2023 #15
Dose shoes look oversized UTUSN Jan 2023 #16
I love the colors. Especially the pops of tranquil blue. Solly Mack Jan 2023 #17
I feel better about my wardrobe Marthe48 Jan 2023 #18


(51,797 posts)
1. God-awful. I love men in beautifully tailored suits and clean-looking casual clothes. Not
Fri Jan 27, 2023, 07:44 PM
Jan 2023

dressed like SWAT members, gangsters, or rags.

Lulu Latech

(29,098 posts)
13. I thought most of them were quite beautiful
Fri Jan 27, 2023, 09:28 PM
Jan 2023

I can see many of these produced commercially and in our stores next year. Some of the most wearable collections for men that I've seen in years. And the sneakers were great! Nice to see so much color in the shoe lines.

Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #5)


(52,835 posts)
6. Thank You for posting! Some fabulous outfits.
Fri Jan 27, 2023, 08:14 PM
Jan 2023

I love fashion.

One of my cousins does too and we can spend a month after each big
fashion show going over each outfit. We have been known to really argue
about how a sleeve is set into a dress and a waistline.

Of course I just wear Old Navy and Chicos and leave it at that.


(3,376 posts)
10. Same
Fri Jan 27, 2023, 09:04 PM
Jan 2023

I can't afford a Wal-Mart fashion budget, but I LOVE fashion. I enjoy seeing all of the new looks season after season and at the various fashion weeks.


(52,835 posts)
14. I had a friend who was well to do and put a lot of money on her back.
Fri Jan 27, 2023, 09:31 PM
Jan 2023

She always looked like crap.

Then I had another friend who was on a tight budget, but loved looking nice and had a good eye.
She shopped Walmart clearance mostly. Or Goodwill.

She always looked like a million bucks.

She had an artist's eye, instinctively knew fashion, design, color, fabric.
And knew what looked best on her body and could pull it all together.

On the OP fashion shoot above, I just love some of the looks.
They are fabulous.

The man with the textured white sweater and the kilt/skirt is one.


(17,087 posts)
15. Honestly, I feel like this
Fri Jan 27, 2023, 10:30 PM
Jan 2023

show has been a better representation than what we've seen in the past! I loved almost every look!

Solly Mack

(91,241 posts)
17. I love the colors. Especially the pops of tranquil blue.
Fri Jan 27, 2023, 11:48 PM
Jan 2023

A mixed media of textures for layers. Bold neutrals that deliver. Love the pattern clashes that somehow work as well as the classic tried and true pattern clashes in oatmeal. I see varying hues of Magenta made it into the lines.

None of this means I like it all.


(17,883 posts)
18. I feel better about my wardrobe
Fri Jan 27, 2023, 11:57 PM
Jan 2023

Haven't bought any new clothes since before Covid, lost 50 lbs, so started closet diving to find clothes that fit. From seeing these models, seems like some days I'm stylish

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