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Paris Men's Fashion Week: John Galliano, Givenchy, Paul Smith

Paris Men’s Fashion Week came to a close this weekend with some theatrical creations from Galliano on Friday followed up with animalistic and rock-inspired collections from Givenchy and Paul Smith

John Galliano took a trip back in time to draw on the world of silent movies, with all the usual theatre expectedfrom the designer.

Models made up like Charlie Chaplin, with white faces and dark moustaches, presented dandyish fitted waistcoats and three-piece suits finished with fabric straps, as well as ultra-modern drop-crotch parachute-style trousers and outerwear with a silver sheen. Vests worn with trunks and laced boots conjured up a Victorian beachwear look.

A stark, monochrome palette was interspersed with flashes of camel and leopard print at Givenchy on Saturday. Riccardo Tisci served up fine white shirts with animal prints woven through and worn with shiny black suits.

Bib-front shirts were paired with shorts that were overlayed with flat panels to give them the appearance of skirts. Leopard print was introduced through flashes on sleeves and under suits before escalating into bomber jackets then full suits.

Rock gods took over the catwalk for Paul Smith’s show as long-haired models draped in leather, denim and tie-dye-effect prints strutted their stuff. Long, loose shirts with batik or floral prints were layered over skinny jeans or fine tapered trousers and finished with long-line jackets with rounded lapels. The shiny silver pieces seen at Galliano were echoed here in trench coats and tight trousers. Knitwear was fine, loose and layered.

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