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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