Jacquemus Menswear Collection Set for Summer Debut

Simon Porte Jacquemus has announced that he will launch his first menswear collection in France this summer. The collection will be his first geared towards men. The 28-year-old French designer has wowed the fashion world with his designs for women since he first debuted his pieces in 2010.

The menswear collection will be unveiled on June 25 in the south of France, the day after Paris Fashion Week ends in the capital. Jacquemus announced the new designs with a post on his Instagram. The message was accompanied by a picture of French rugby union player Yoann Maestri playing with a dog by the seaside and wearing a pair of simple white shorts. Although no other details concerning the collection have been announced yet, Jacquemus has revealed that his new pieces were inspired by falling in love.

The rise of Jacquemus in the fashion world has been swift and meteoric. He began life as a country boy, playing in the fields of his family's farm near the small town of Mallemort. He developed an interest in fashion at an early age, fashioning a new skirt for his mother out of some cast-off curtains. He left home to study at ESMOD fashion school in Paris when he was only 18. He dropped out of school to work at Citizen K, a Paris-based fashion magazine, but ultimately decided to strike out on his own with his unique designs.

Jacquemus first attracted attention from the fashion world when he debuted his work at Vogue's Fashion's Night Out event in 2010. His designs were quickly snapped up by fashion brand Opening Ceremony and L’Exception, a high-end fashion website. He earned accolades for his playful collections like his beachy summer 2015 collection, laden with stripey pieces and his silhouette-heavy fall/winter 2017 collection. Over the years, he has been inspired by many sources, including French actress Isabelle Adjani and the designs of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons.

Jacquemus has become known as much for his savvy social media skills as his distinctive designs. Much of the success of his label has been credited to his use of carefully crafted Instagram posts, full of shots of bucolic coastal life interspersed with his inspired high-end designs. Social media-savvy celebrities like Beyoncé, Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner number among the stars who have donned his pieces.

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