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Pastels Are the New Neon at Paris Fashion Week Men’s

Anyone who has wondered what will replace fashion’s fixation with neon colors got their answer at the recent Men’s Fashion Week in Paris. The Spring/Summer 2020 palette was electric with pastels ranging from diluted neon yellow to washed lavender, which showed a softer side to men’s fashion.

Tastemaker and Louis Vuitton men’s creative director Virgil Abloh lead the charge with a collection of relaxed suiting inspired by wild flowers. Lavender denim button-down shirts and matching jeans were adorned with ties, while cargo pants and nylon pull-overs featured colorful floral prints. The bouquet of colors included yellow, mint and salmon added a fresh jolt to elevated streetwear pieces, like chunky sneakers and puffer jackets. Gardening gloves and straw hats adorned with flowers drove home Abloh’s floral vision.

Pastel pink was a popular pick for Paul Smith’s suits and wide leg leather trousers. Acne Studios embraced cool pastel shades for men’s tunics, button-down shirts and suiting, while Loewe opted for monochromatic lavender and pink for its range of relaxed, oversized cotton button-down shirts and shin-length shorts.

Meanwhile, Dior Homme reimagined the brand’s newspaper print in shades of pastel pink—much to the delight of fashionistas. The collection also included satin suiting with floor-length sashes in lavender and pink.

New York-based designer Sies Marjan’s collection smacked of springtime in Paris with pastel blue jumpsuits, salmon mock neck tops and seafoam green satin shirts. Balmain also embraced satin fabrications as well in a collection dense with ’80s pastels. Highlights included satin color blocked quilted bomber jackets and drop crotch silk joggers.