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 Tuileries — 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 oversize 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 Misérables” — stared out from a knitted sweater or tank top.
The Ladurée macaron 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.