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Paris…Louis Vuitton

Paul Helbers, director for Louis Vuitton’s menswear claimed inspiration from the random look of Chaplin’s iconic “little tramp” and to be sure there was a new/old feel to the black on black looks with tuxedo vests (although it seems doubtful that the black and white silent movie would have influenced the palette of icy pales and coral colors?); a soundtrack mixed by the Tindersticks of music from Chaplin’s City Lights underscored the point. In other places words like “subdued”, “underplayed” and “relaxed” come to mind. Perhaps after the fanfare of the fall collection with Marc J, a grand piano and the introduction of a grey version of the iconic Damier pattern, this group of loose fit suits and open-necked shirts made the perfect seasonal palette cleanser. For anyone in need of a bit of a show-stopper they needed look no further than the footwear.

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