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Men’s Runways: Paris

We round up the key looks and important denim inspirations from the Menswear Paris shows:

Miharayasuhiro’s S/S 11 collection focused on two key themes; 1950s Americana and an urban hiker look. The fusion of technology with country authenticity was expressed with plaid linings, cargo shorts, work shirts mixed with digitally printed jackets and expedition boots. To further the Americana aesthetic, Miharayasuhiro produced a denim shirt inspired by a Levi’s jean jacket.

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Dominated by bleach-washed denim, Dries Van Noten’s S/S 11 collection combined the clean lines of a Mod with the “rough around the edges” attitude of a skinhead. The 1970s were also heavily referenced through brown flared suits. Combat boots, cargo shorts and pieced bomber jackets were  integral to this skinhead-inspired collection.

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For S/S 11, Junya Watanabe played with his signature loose rolled jean silhouette with deep indigo clean looks and carpenter and workwear pocket details worked in. This season the collection had a cleaner aesthetic due to a strong nautical theme. Breton knits ruled the collection, and some of the sweaters were a collaboration with purveyor of yacht-cool, Saint James.

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Louis Vuitton: Designer Paul Helbers, under the direction of Marc Jacobs, presented a season of clean and subtle luxury while conjuring a modern nomad. An active and utilitarian element was evident with lightweight parachute nylons. Denim was expressed in clean and bright blue mid-cast shades that sat with a color palette of neutrals, white and inky navy.

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Alexis Mabille’s S/S 11 show pushed the brand forward and explored new silhouettes and color palettes. Stripy jeans and cargo pants were the bottoms of choice and many tops came as loose tunics or ponchos, giving the collection a feeling of desert hiking. Color blocking in neutral tones was also a key styling direction for the brand.

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