Men’s Spring 2018: The Paris Medals Race

Paris spent the weekend in dual celebrations. On Saturday the city’s streets were filled with floats and joyous crowds for the Gay Pride March, while that day and Friday saw events all over town to promote the City of Light’s bid for the 2024 Olympics (although snarling traffic to do so perhaps wasn’t the best way to win over the International Olympic Committee).
Here WWD ranks the men’s shows based on how they fared in their Olympian goal: To win a medal. But, designers please remember Baron de Coubertin’s creed: “The most important thing…is not to win, but to take part….The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”
And while Olympians might have to wait four years for another shot at a medal, you — the lucky designers and fashion pack — only have six months until next men’s season. Let the games begin.

GOLD: The designer crossed the finish line a clear winner.
Comme des Garçons Homme Plus
Berluti
Sacai

SILVER: Competitive, but just not good enough for gold.
Dior Homme
Paul Smith
Hermès
AMI Alexandre Mattiussi
Balenciaga
Valentino
Rick Owens
Louis Vuitton
Alexander McQueen
BRONZE: They out-showed the pack to at least make the medals podium.
Lemaire
Thom Browne
Haider Ackermann
Dries Van Noten
Junya Watanabe Man
Cerruti
Lanvin
Balmain
Officine Générale

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