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Kenzo -

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Paris:  Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kenzo Takada's journey from Japan to Paris was the inspiration behind creative director Antonio Marras' S/S 11 collection. Only this time, Marras reversed the story, imagining a French artist who travels to Japan and discovers ways to blend the various cultural influences. Berets, Breton stripes and espadrilles seamlessly mixed with soft tailored ...
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Raf Simons -

NEW CLASSICS Paris:  For Raf Simons' 15th anniversary, the designer revisited some of his innovations over the years, showing many of the looks that helped spark the menswear revolution that designers like Simons have contributed to, while also paying homage to Martin Margiela, an early influence. Lean tailored jackets were paired with extreme baggy pants, and sleeves were cut off for ...
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Dior Homme -

LESS IS MORE Paris: The plain white invitation for the Dior Homme S/S 11 show simply read "lessness", a hint of things to come. Designer Kris Van Assche presented an all-black and white collection, continuing his exploration of the perfect casual-tailored look. "Less is more. Simplicity is the true luxury," Van Assche told the press before the show. Subtle references to Samurai ...
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Miharayasuhiro -

NATURE VERSUS MAN Paris:  After a couple of seasons of slouchy yet elegant styles for the 21st Century man, designer Mihara Yasuhiro offered a S/S 11 full of "nature versus man" influences like lightweight techno fabrics, summertime layers and great outdoors-inspired digital prints. Always presenting a great show, Yasuhiro took it a step further this season by inviting Japanese design company ...
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Viktor and Rolf -

DRESSY LEISURE Paris: For some, the Viktor and Rolf S/S 11 show likely read as a glamorous take on leisure wear; others might have seen the clothes as relaxed summer looks for the office. Like many shows this season, Viktor and Rolf mixed casual with dressy. The collection featured suiting separates, clean-cut sweats, and crisp jeans. Suit jackets looked casual and ...
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Comme des Garçons -

THE SKULLS Paris:  The skull, a major icon of the last five years, became an ironic statement on the times in designer Rei Kawakubo's hands. Parading her neo punks down the runways, the skulls showed up on every possible classification, sometimes as part of a checkered print on pants and jackets, and was even stenciled on the back of models' heads. ...
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Kris Van Assche -

HANDY MAN Paris:  Kris Van Assche turned up the chic quotient while making men who work with their hands and their required workwear his main inspiration. A black, white and grey palette worked for tone-on-tone styling that was the basis for new takes on summer items and proportions. With models' hands blackened with dirt, grime and grease, the designer made reinforced ...
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Yves Saint Laurent -

OUT OF AFRICA Paris: In a nod to one of Yves Saint Laurent's signature themes (and perhaps a reference to the namesake designer's Algerian roots), designer Stefano Pilati took inspiration from Africa for S/S 11. Pilati found a way to take authentic details like the fez cap, animal-patterned accents on pieced knits, tunic shirts and Bakelite sunglasses, and style them in into ...
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Junya Watanabe -

SAIL AWAY Paris: Junya Watanabe is a master at taking styles from the past and making them relevant for the modern man. For S/S 11, the designer was in the mood to set sail, somehow breathing new life into the now-ubiquitous nautical trend. Breton knits ruled the collection, and some of the sweaters were a collaboration with purveyor of yacht-cool, Saint James. ...
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Adam Kimmel -

UPTOWN DOWNTOWN Paris: Although the Adam Kimmel S/S 2011 show took place in Paris, the designer described the collection’s Snoop Dogg-inspired looks as being more “Compton via Italy.” Kimmel mixed fine tailoring and quality textiles with all-American activewear items like football jerseys, bomber jackets, baseball hats, sneakers, and hoodies. Snoop Dogg’s sporty-luxe look from the 1990s translated surprisingly well for menswear ...
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Issey Miyake -

CLEVER CASUAL Paris: With an eye for spotting the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary, designer Dai Fujiwara drew inspiration for the S/S2011 Issey Miyake collection from fish — or, more specifically, the trout. His unique vision was brought to life by means of clever construction, modernized traditional patterns, unexpected colors, and an innovative use of texture. From large-scale watery ...
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Rick Owens -

MONASTIC COUTURE Paris:  Inspired by Monasticism, an ascetic way of life characterized by the renouncing of worldly pursuits to fully devote oneself to spiritual work, Rick Owen' designs have never looked so vulnerable. For S/S 11, the designer wanted the fabrics to speak for themselves — which included sheer jersey, wool crepe and of course, leather. The colors emphasized the ...
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Louis Vuitton -

GLOBAL ADVENTURE Paris: The house of Louis Vuitton is a truly global company, striving to expand into new markets each season. Fittingly, the inspiration for S/S 11 was a modern nomad, comfortable with going from beach to boardroom, from urbane Tokyo to Amazon adventure. Designer Paul Helbers, under the direction of Marc Jacobs, presented a season of subtle luxury with just the ...
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Dries Van Noten -

ROUGH + REFINED Paris:  Taking place in an underground cement bunker full of graffiti and oil stains, Dries Van Noten's S/S 11 collection had the edge of East Berlin combined with the expected refinement of the designer's tailored clothing and signature patterns. The clean lines of a Mod with the "rough around the edges" attitude of a skinhead came together subtly ...
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Yohji Yamamoto -

CASUAL FORMAL Paris:  Yohji Yamamoto was in a mood to dress his men up in a romantic way for S/S 11. Channeling versions of formality from various moments in history, the designer sought to show that even a little grandeur from the 18th Century can look modern and wearable. High necklines informed almost every look, while pant silhouettes ranged from slim ...
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