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Chic-a-Boo! Undressing Paris Men’s Fashion Week

The men’s collections wrapped in Paris this weekend, but before the haute couture ravished the runways, there was still plenty of haute haberdashery to feast your eyes on.

Hedi Slimane took the newly-rebranded Saint Laurent into an androgynous, old school rock & roll direction — think the emaciated love child of Mick Jagger and Patti Smith.

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For Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci wrote a love letter to America, and befitting his aesthetic, it was dark — both in color and in theme…

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And sexual — he eschewed pants for leather booty shorts for many of the looks, with a jacket wrapped about the waist to give a nude illusion (also one of his trademarks).

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If Givenchy was an Italian’s take on America, Rick Owens was an American take on the French, with the consummate king of cool adding a dose of  whimsy to his rocker rigmarole.

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Nicola Formichtti‘s giving you marching orders this season with a collection for Mugler heavily influenced by the military…

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And apparently disco concentration camps, with these fluorescent pink triangles.

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If someone went down to Boca and raided your grandmother’s closet while she was out on her morning power walk…

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Then threw Tilda Swinton’s face taped to a pair of leather bunny ears on it, you’d have Comme des Garçons‘ fall 2013 collection.

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Jean Paul Gaultier had his models perform some sort of burlesque strip tease, hence why they’re all captured in various states of disrobement…

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Sadly, we didn’t get the full monty.

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One can always depend on Thom Browne to take one on a journey and this time around he took his fall collection to Pennsylvania Dutch country for an Art Deco homage to the Amish.

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Louis Vuitton went a bit more exotic than Thom Browne, with a collection inspired by a trip to the Himalayas where they clearly picked up a lesson in O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E.

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With Nicolas Ghesquière gone, the Balenciaga studio handled this fall’s men’s collection, which seemed only a Fiat short of an Italian gigolo’s dream.

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Meanwhile, new creative director Alexander Wang showed a play on the urban warrior that may be a signal of what he will bring to the storied fashion house.

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Photos: Style.com

  • 7 Comments
    • JoeWatchesTV
      JoeWatchesTV

      I would love to see the percentage of men who wear couture versus the whole. Very low, I’m sure. Still, I’d buy those leather bunny ears. I’m a big Bob’s Burgers fan.

      Jan 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      Seriously. With these being the new ideas that are coming to the front. No wonder most stores are time traveling and bringing back designs that look like they are from the 70s and 80s.

      Jan 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      Honestly, the pink triangle was truly tasteless.

      Come to think of it, pretty much all of these fashions were tasteless, but for different reasons.

      Couture is so silly. It’s designers going out of their way to create crap that they know damned well no one will actually wear.

      Jan 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      I don’t know what was uglier–the clothing, or the models. I really miss late eighties/early nineties fashion. Better looking clothes, and better looking models.

      Jan 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pierre
      pierre

      Laughable. Hideous rags.

      Jan 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      Absolutely hilarious.

      Jan 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Taliaferro
      Taliaferro

      Something tragic happened to fashion when the outlandish became more important that well designed clothing that would appeal to and be appropriate for men to wear to work, play, and parties. It must be acknowledged that is takes a finer understanding of fabric, fashion, style, and construction to design clothing that is fresh, attractive and functional. These hideous examples are none of these things yet the media will rave about them, and thus, the abuse will continue. The best answer is to buy clothing that does not seek to shock but rather adorn the male body.

      Jan 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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