Designer Alexandre Mattiussi makes clothes for the fashionable man on the street — or down in the Parisian metro. One by one, models entered a real-life replica of a subway car, looking casual, yet elegant in double-breasted coats — slightly oversize in Prince of Wales check or herringbone — and denim pants that had loden appliqués in red, blue and green on the cuffs. Mattiussi played with the idea of a young businessman on his way to the office crossing a club kid heading home.
“I like that moment of extreme physical proximity during rush hour,” he said. “It’s a prime observation point.” A beige woolen coat worn over a cashmere sweater, a light gray suit jacket and cream-colored knitted sweatpants looked divine. Slouchy carrot-cut woolen pants mixed well with formal poplin shirts and ties layered over knits and British wool jackets. The mood was urbane and light, as Benjamin Clementine hopped on the train to perform “Emmenez-moi” by Charles Aznavour.