That male staple, the suit, but hotted up and dandyfied, made a catwalk comeback during Paris's four-day menswear collections that ended Sunday January 20th with a daringly different vision of next winter's masculine silhouette, courtesy of Dior.
The bad boy factor fashioned men's silhouettes on Paris catwalks this weekend as designers threw the seamy side of life into anything from suits to underwear. At the up-market house of Ungaro, French designer Franck Boclet wowed a packed crowd that included former soccer international Christian Karembeu with an extravganza of elegance for next winter that paired convention with daring.
New star-designer on the block Kris Van Assche pulled the curtain on his autumn-winter collection at the Paris men's shows with a crowd-pleaser Friday January 18th -- the models bowed out stripped down to their underwear.
Amsterdam's world famous red-light district transformed into a catwalk Saturday, January 19th with designers parading their creations in what were once brothels, as the city tries to clean out crime from the quarter.
After the furs, tartans and velvets wheeled out for Milan's men's fashion shows this week, Paris from Thursday 17th January delivers its own vision of menswear for next autumn and winter over four days of catwalk shows.
With only days to go before the haute couture collections for summer 2008, the workrooms of Marcelle Guillet tucked behind the Bastille opera house in Paris are a hive of activity putting the finishing touches to orders for the house's unique speciality : artificial flowers.
It may not be on par with Paris or New York, but Brazil's metropolis of Sao Paulo will stake out an ever-stronger claim as a fashion capital when it presents its Fashion Week from Wednesday, January 16th.