Paris men's fashion week features new faces

29th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 29 (AFP) - A few fresh faces will join the world's top menswear designers in Paris from Friday for five jam-packed days of spring-summer 2006 catwalk shows -- evidence that global interest in men's fashion remains strong.

PARIS, June 29 (AFP) - A few fresh faces will join the world's top menswear designers in Paris from Friday for five jam-packed days of spring-summer 2006 catwalk shows -- evidence that global interest in men's fashion remains strong.

The biggest names in the industry -- Hedi Slimane for Dior, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, Naoki Takizawa for Issey Miyake and Paul Smith, among others -- will headline the marathon of nearly 50 shows.

All will offer their take on what men should be wearing next summer, from banker chic to bohemian cool, from high-end sportswear to outlandish new age looks.

Other heavyweights like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld will unveil their latest creations at smaller showroom presentations as a way to save valuable time. Both will offer haute couture collections the following week.

One notable no-show will be rising star Belgian designer Raf Simons, who was recently hired as creative director for Jil Sander, responsible for both men's and women's lines.

In Florence, where the world's largest menswear trade show just wrapped up, the prestigious Pitti foundation in Florence organized an exhibition to celebrate Simons' 10 years in men's fashion.

Among the new talents this season, Anglo-Japanese husband-and-wife duo Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto -- known as Eley Kishimoto -- chose Paris for their menswear debut, after earning raves for women's ready-to-wear in London.

Emanuel Ungaro, which entered the world of men's fashion last season with France's Jose Levy at the helm, will hit the catwalk for the first time, while 32-year-old US designer Thomas Engelhart will make his debut at Thierry Mugler.

Belgium's Ann Demeulemeester reserved her first date on the Paris menswear calendar after years of displaying her creations for men during women's fashion week. Kenzo, designed by an in-house studio, will return to the men's catwalk.

Mass-market labels Dormeuil and De Fursac will continue their efforts to reposition themselves on the fashion scene, presenting collections designed by Pierre-Henri Mattout and Julia Smith, respectively.

Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck, who was a member of the celebrated Antwerp Six along with Demeulemeester and perennial Paris favorite Dries van Noten, will return to Paris after a break of several years.

Van Beirendonck, instantly recognizable with his bald head and bushy beard, lets his imagination run wild -- not the best way to attract the banker-broker set. This season, his 'Relics for the Future' may not win over new converts.

Paris fashion week will also offer two up-and-coming talents the chance to make good on the promise shown in their debuts last season: Belgium's Kris van Assche, Slimane's former assistant at Dior Homme, and Britain's Kim Jones.

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