Paris Fashion Week keeps it light and breezy on day two

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Dries Van Noten clearly got the memo re: florals for spring, unveiling an intricate, botanical-themed SS17 menswear collection during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday.

Dries Van Noten - ©AFP / Patrick Kovarik

The Belgian designer referenced William Morris in an artistic and intellectual show that managed to combine the utilitarian and the poetic. This was achieved via roomy silhouettes -- think flared trousers, wide-cut shorts and oversized tunic tops -- splashed with camouflage prints, renaissance-style motifs and multicolored fringing. Slouchy linen suits lent the collection an air of insouciance, while a series of sharp metallics and asymmetric tailoring details kept things sharp.

Yohji Yamamoto's show was perfectly in keeping with the trend for airy and elegant menswear that has swept the SS17 runways. His collection focused on wide, baggy silhouettes cut from linens, cottons and silks, with cropped trousers paired with longline shirts and jackets for a loosely layered, textured look. The color palette was simple and unfussy, based on ecrus, creams and blues, with the odd splash of purple thrown in, allowing the clever tailoring to take center stage.

Andrea Crews opted for the season's second-biggest trend, unveiling a sportswear-inspired collection with retro undertones that placed the emphasis on monochrome tracksuits and bouncy sneakers. One of the most interesting moves was the decision to add trompe l'oeil dynamics to denim, resulting in two-tone, double-waisted jeans.

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