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Paris Fashion Week: Hermes, Dior Homme, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent

The Paris catwalk was awash with smart tailoring mixed with cosy knits at the menswear collections from Paris Fashion Week.

Hermès’ autumn 11 menswear collection married comfort and luxury with opulent fabrics used to update classic pieces. Pieces included a bulky jumpsuit, a waterproof cashmere trench coat, navy blazers, chunky cable knits and suits. Artistic director of menswear Veronique Nichanian opted for simple colours including black, grey, mustard and navy.

For its autumn 11 menswear collection Dior Homme struck the middle ground between formal and casual, dubbed “comfortable luxury”. The collection showcased a range of loose silhouettes with baggy tailoring, capes, cardigans and cashmere. Following Louis Vuitton’s Amish-inspired collection seen in Paris on Thursday, Dior Homme too showcased a touch of plain dressing with Amish style black hats. The palette was minimalist with shades ranging from grey to black with just a dollop of tomato red to brighten things up.

An interesting mix of sportswear and tailoring was seen on Lanvin’s Paris catwalk, showcasing classic pieces with a modern twist. Pieces included suits and coats with concealed magnetic closures leaving clean lines with no buttons, toggles or zips. Lanvin menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver mixed styles and shapes, with outfits including a black puffa jacket over a suit and cropped bomber jackets with slimfit trousers. Elegant evening looks were also on display, with black bow ties and evening jackets in berry shades.

A 1960s London inspired collection from Yves Saint Laurent saw a mix between Savile Row suiting and the Mod style. Looks included stovepipe trousers with bulky shoes and detailed jackets. Outerwear incorporated details such as velvet trims, clustered buttons and enlarged lapels. Bright turtlenecks and shirts provided flashes of colour underneath chic tailoring.

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