1017 ALYX 9SM Fall/Winter 2020 Men’s. Paris, France
I didn’t see Bella Hadid once but twice today. First on this morning’s Lanvin runway, and last at 1017 ALYX 9SM where she closed the show in a stunning suit and tie with femme fatale heels. Impressive. ALYX founder and designer Matthew Williams has always set out to subvert traditional dressing norms. Early on, his brand looked to streetwear codes without ever being streetwear. Soon after he pushed the boundaries of what techwear could look like, including successful collaborations with Mackintosh on outerwear, and big hits in the sneakers and sportswear space.
Now, the Chicago-born designer is set out to redefine the way in which the next generation will dress at the office, or street, or party, or on weekends. All these distinctions are blurred now, so the officewear wasn’t officewear in the traditional sense. Add some bling to the collection and you’ve got an audience excited.
“Alyx is and always has been about autobiography and instinct. It’s about a view of the world based on this, but I’m preoccupied with what is to come, not what has gone. This collection is about the blended versions of reality we all live in – both the real and unreal together.”
Audience on Show
“I have absolute faith in Matt. Always have, always will do. He’s a talent.” – Jo-Ann Furniss, fashion writer and consultant.
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Bejewelled Mackintosh Trench Collaboration
Last week when I met up with Williams in London he asked me if I would ever wear anything diamanté. Absolutely not. And then the model came out wearing this. “It’s what you might wear on your way to complete the final level and meet the last boss,” says Williams. True that.
Patent Leather Cowboy Boots
Cowboy hats, western shirts, and Daisy dukes, for men are all the rage this season. But unless you own an organic milk farm in Wisconsin, don’t be that person. Get these killer boots instead.
You don’t understand the full 1017 ALYX 9SM universe until you walk into their showroom the day after the show. Show pieces, swimwear, furniture, underwear, card holders, phone cases, hosiery, footwear in every color, shape and texture, rollercoaster belt everything. And now a stunning pink tank with metal detailing.
Not a mohair knit, but the mohair knit.