Philip Start has been in Paris at the menswear shows looking for new pieces for his London Boutique Start. He caught up with us and gave us the lowdown from the last few days:
Tranoï a small French retailer, had the best brands that didn’t have showrooms and some of the bigger names included Juun-J, U-ni-ty and Tillmann Lauterbach.
Philip went to the Dior show which he said was ‘a bit retro, all black skinny jeans and nothing new’. Ever since Hedi Slimane’s departure Dior has struggled to find a new style and Kris Van Aasche’s MC Hammer trousers weren’t impressing him: ‘My suspicion is that because he
didn’t invent skinny jeans he’s trying to make a mark but I’m not interested in
it’. Philip’s celebrity companion Brian Molko apparently wasn’t too impressed by the baggy trousers either.
One of the shows that were more to his liking was the Balenciaga,
Philip told us: ‘they were doing luxury, and the best piece there was
an oversized parka’. Philip’s loving the more relaxed cut: ‘people are
so paranoid about skinny fit and for outerwear oversized is a great
look’ Philip is however still sticking with a slim fit and for trousers
and ankle-grazing is the way to go: ‘I’m a big fan of short trousers,
with the hem just touching the shoe. It’s a great look that I’ve loved
from my youth.’