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Paris menswear

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Strong trend directions emerged from the Paris runways last week, consolidating some of the looks seen the previous week in Milan as well as opening up new influences for autumn 11.

Strong trend directions emerged from the Paris runways last week, consolidating some of the looks seen the previous week in Milan as well as opening up new influences for autumn 11.

Outerwear was confirmed as a key product area for the season, along with new tailoring aspects - seen best at Raf Simons, where the designer stripped away extraneous detailing in favour of an almost monastic minimal silhouette worked in bonded fabrications and vivid colour.

Other designers created new silhouettes through contra­dictory layering of short over long, with knee-length tunic shapes or elongated jackets teamed with cropped gilets or truncated knits and padded jackets. There was, too, a look back to the louche 1930s and 1940s, with double-breasted jackets, wide, fluid pant shapes and ankle-skimming coats.

Colour continued to be key, with the warmer end of the spectrum - old golds, vivid reds or oranges and even an eye-searing ultraviolet - coming into the spotlight.

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