Dispatches from Spring '12

5 Questions For... Gert Jonkers of Fantastic Man

The blogger behind IsaacLikes.com documents the vibe at the shows, one Q&A at a time.

Gert Jonkers, editor in chief, Fantastic Man.

What was your favorite thing that you saw in Milan?
Versace and Bottega Veneta. Versace was just super exciting, because it was finally embracing its own heritage and it was just good fun. I think menswear got really serious in recent years so I was desperate for some exuberance and some excitement and they just had a good laugh. But they were also really good clothes I thought. Some things were just bordering ridiculous in a fabulous way and I would love someone to show up in them. And Paris? I loved Lanvin this morning. I thought it was very interesting how experimental it was.

What’s your personal wardrobe strategy for the week? Does it change when you’re in Milan and Paris?
Comfortable shoes are handy, and cargo pants are handy because you can put a lot of invitations in your pockets and you don’t have to carry around a bag. It’s been very warm and I wore shorts for one day but then I never feel super comfortable in shorts. I tried to do some color – I’m in yellow and white today.

What are you wearing right now?
I’m wearing an American Apparel tee shirt and extremely old Helmut Lang white chinos and Clark’s desert boots.

What’s your favorite place to go shopping here in Paris?
I went to Missoni because I once made an agreement with myself that I should buy at least one piece of Missoni every season, but the new menswear hadn’t come in. I did pick something up at Hermés which I am very happy about. It’s a bright green long sleeve henley shirt that I looked for in several stores around Europe recently and I couldn’t find it but I found it here in Paris.

What’s your favorite drink here in Paris?
Yesterday I only drank beer, which I was very happy about because usually you grab a couple of glasses of champagne and then there’s a cocktail somewhere and then you have wine over dinner and then you have a headache the next morning.

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