May 28, 2024

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Comedian Paul W. Downs Shares His First Fashion Show Experience

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He may well not have recognised it previous weekend, but the actor and Hacks co-creator Paul W. Downs began collaborating in a time-honored vogue week tradition right before he’d even touched down in Paris: the travel snafu. Downs, who heads up the strike HBO Max sequence with his spouse, Lucia Aniello, was scheduled to get there at Hermès’s spring 2023 menswear show—his pretty 1st runway presentation ever—after a fast jaunt in Milan from his residence base in Los Angeles. But when he checked into his flight for Italy, he understood his passport had expired just months in advance of. “Oops,” Downs tells W over e-mail the working day just after attending the Hermès present. “So I had to expedite it.”

No problems, Paul—it wouldn’t be style week with out a logistical snag or two. Fortunately, the Broad City alum built it to France in time for Hermès, which held its exhibit in the 17th-century courtyard of La Manufacture des Gobelins, an historic tapestry manufacturing unit, There, he took in the slate of grey, black, and navy blue slacks practical get the job done jackets white tank tops and PVC windbreakers finished in pops of lavender, peach, and salmon with matching bucket hats. (Of all the appears the label despatched down the runway, Downs’s favorites ended up “the deconstructed jackets with schoolboy shorts, the jumpsuit, and some of the vibrant knitwear. Everything seemed gentle and snug and incredibly wearable.”) The actor, who himself wore a blue leather-based overshirt for the party, mentioned he was “very energized to see the Hermès show and be in Paris,” but his final aspiration would be “if a model had overslept and I was the only choice to phase in.” As for his fellow entrance row gang, he was not confident with whom he’d be seated, but “was glad to meet Nabhaan Rizwan since I truly cherished Station Eleven, and Sean Baker and Samantha Quan—I’m a substantial lover of their get the job done, particularly Florida Job.”

Below, Downs shares far more particulars from his very very first runway knowledge, 1 that he explained as (in a natural way) “très Parisian.”

“Just off the flight from New York—need a shower and a improve, poorly.”

“View from my hotel.”

“Day of the clearly show. I was essentially invited—here’s proof.”

“Can’t do a weekend in Paris without a stop at the Paul Bert part of the flea market place,” Downs suggests of the photograph on the right. And on the left, “More puces content for my flea current market heads.”

“The rain lasted just extended sufficient for me not to require this umbrella,” Downs said, introducing that the downfall miraculously ended proper just before the demonstrate started. On the proper, a Paris staple: Compeed bandages. “New footwear means unquestionably [wrecked] feet—had to quit at a pharmacie,” Downs provides. “Blister pad, but make it vogue.”

“First meal in Paris is a typical niçoise at Buvette in Pigalle.”

“Yes, I took a ton of branded napkins from this chain cafe.”

Photograph by Saskia Lawaks

Photograph by Saskia Lawaks

Paul W. Downs and Nabhaan Rizwan.

“The vibrant finale of the Hermès menswear show.”

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