California kids Carol Lim and Humberto Leon drew inspiration from Paris for their spring men’s collection — a gaudy celebration of the city’s storied monuments, and even its tourist traps. The invitation — a metal loop jangling with mini Eiffel towers, like the ones hawked in the Tuilieries — said it all, as did a soggy, open-air set on the banks of the Seine that had Joe Jonas and Jesse Metcalfe huddling under umbrellas.
The city’s most iconic emblem found its way onto oversized polka-dot parkas as well as more sober, biker-inspired jackets via holographic badges that were either stitched or printed onto the fabrics. Elsewhere, the simpering face of Cosette — the famous character from “Les Miserables” — stared out from a knitted sweater or tank top.
The Ladurée macaroon color palette — pastel pink, mint, sky blue and peach — was perhaps too sweet, and a bit cliché. Underneath the sugar coating, however, was a street-smart and appealing mix of biker pants with zipper details running down the calves, rubber-bonded sweaters as well as well as crossover biker/jeans jacket in heavy cotton twill.