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Paris Fashion Week: Louis Vuitton, Viktor & Rolf, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier

Louis Vuitton went back to basics and delivered an Amish inspired collection as Paris Fashion Week kicked off yesterday.

The designer opted for a more pared down approach without cutting back on the luxury, working from a palette of blacks, browns and grey but with flashes of tangerine.

It was the detail however that was key to the collection, with detachable puffa sections on sports-chic coats and evening jackets and other jackets sporting belts or velvet panels. The collection also included lapel-free jackets with curved fronts, fastened with hook and eye closures.

Shearling, suiting and shirts formed the key basis of Viktor & Rolf’s autumn 11 show.

Plain white shirts and boxers were layered with smart tailoring in black, red and camel then topped with padded bomber jackets, belted trenchcoats and tuxedo jackets.

Issey Miyake navigated away from past trends for skinny cuts with looser tailoring revealing a relaxed vibe to the collection.

Many garments displayed an array of striped effects, from white stitching on black suits to faint silver lines on black cardigans.

Jean Paul Gaultier took notes from James Bond, with a collection that incorporated slick black tuxedos, satin shirts and long black trench coats punctuated with squeeze of orange. Shiny gold jackets and shirts added a bit of bling to the modern collection.

One model was dressed in a wet suit, rolled down to the waist with a black silk shirt topped off with a white tie and rose corsage.

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