Paul & Joe
June 27, 2013 Paris
When the collection reached land, it moved into flora-fauna blousons, shirts covered in laid-back lions, and a classic khaki overcoat. Albou-Mechaly covered slip-on sneakers, espadrilles, backpacks, and baseball hats in the same identical botanical print—worn together, they'd make for a twist on conventional camo for the urban jungle.
New and improved denim—raw selvedge from Italy and Japan and triple-washed jackets inspired by vintage Wrangler versions—were outliers in this grand adventure. Likewise the well-cut jacquard, pinpoint, and evening smoking jackets (all made in France), which were designed to be dressed down rather than up. So while you needn't feel wanderlust to see the appeal of both destinations, the collection's standouts were the pieces that signaled nowhere in particular.