Paris menswear shows its sensitive side

PARIS- Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche went for a sleek, streamlined look Saturday in a menswear collection offering optimism in a chaotic world, while Tillmann Lauterbach looked for elegance in imperfection.
Couturier Karl Lagerfeld, who "loved" the Dior Homme collection, was joined on the front row by the world of music's Hurts and Azari&III.

Image by Taxiarchos228. Accessed via Wikipedia.
Image by Taxiarchos228. Accessed via Wikipedia.
In a sombre palette dominated by black and grey, Van Assche teamed belted, two-tone jackets with dark polo necks and slim-fitting trousers in a look he described as "sportswear meeting tailoring in a very Dior way".
The Belgian designer, who on Friday presented his own line, said he hoped the collection delivered a "message of an optimistic future ... for an active man who is not afraid.
"It is calm and vigorous. When the world is so much in chaos, it is nice to have quite a clear vision of things," he added.
Lauterbach, meanwhile, was also in introspective mood.
The German designer said he took the idea of "one man looking at his life and things going round in his head" such as "love, loss (and) money".
Unstructured trousers cut long were teamed with a classic trench coat or a kimono-style jacket.
Combinations of cheap, expensive and difficult-to-sew fabrics created an "awkwardness", resulting in a "new type of elegance", he added.
Five days of autumn-winter 2013/14 menswear collections are due to wrap up in Paris on Sunday with the much anticipated first Saint Laurent show by Hedi Slimane.

Sunday, January 20th 2013

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