IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang
"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"
Eric Waroll is the fashion editor and blogger of EricWaroll.com. At just 21, he is quickly becoming a significant part of the young Paris fashion scene.
Forget, for a moment, the typical cliché of Paris—the beret, the baguette and the little blue and white striped sweater. For a little over a year now, the Parisian fashion scene has been shaken. And I'm not talking about in the media, but the underground style of club-goers.
One can guess the next trend by watching party-goers in places such as ChaCha Club or Garçons-nière. It is obvious that the trend that has taken the top in these spots is a unisex aesthetic. It is a look that is based on openness; one which refutes the notion of temporality, season, race, gender and religion. It has no limits, no yoke. Men in high heels? Normal. As are girls who flaunt their masculinity to the extreme, in the same way that boys display their femininity without any taboo. The creator whose name is on everyone's lips is Rad Hourani. The allure of his pieces has been adopted by these trendy club-goers: skinny black leggings, high heels in leather, and a long, almost tunic-like tank top. Rad Hourani launched his brand in 2007, experimenting with new shapes and fabrics in a couture-like approach. The conceptual direction in Rad Hourani's work is that all of his products are specifically designed to be unisex. Moreover, he will be in the July haute couture shows for the first time this year; everyone wants a piece of him.
Paris is the capital of fashion, no matter what people say. The fashion scene here is eclectic. Take a look at Chanel’s eternal elegance and chic style. Then there’s Mugler, whose hybrid style is similar to a piece of contemporary art. You have the craziness and colorful pop style of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, as well as the dark sophistication of Rick Owens. Paris is a melting pot of diverse backgrounds and influences from around the world.
Up and coming talent is a very significant part of the fashion scene in Paris. Some names to remember are Anaïs Obenson, Laetitia Mannessier, Adeline Mai, Natasia Dusapin, Jean du Sartel, Marine Bucher, and Vaillant Mayen doing the new modern haute couture movement called Nouvelle Couture. What is interesting is that the youth is as much influenced by the past as they are by the present: take some Warholian influence, add a bit of spontaneity and creativity of the 80's, and mix all this with the madness of the Studio 54 years. This is what inspires Parisians. What makes Paris so unique is the mixture of the vieille école and new talents. As well as being amongst the trendy underground fashion scene, we could cross Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld or Rick Owens in the street. In short: Paris has not yet delivered all its surprises.
Edited By: Jessica Harmston