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Gallic designers galore

From 20 to 24 January the French capital will be hosting the much-awaited men’s Paris Fashion Week, offering a balanced mix of emerging and established French designers, artfully spread out over five days and ending with the Saint Laurent défilé on 24 January.

After 14 years of outstanding artistic collaboration with Lanvin, Alber Elbaz has left the brand, which is stirring curiosity in the fashion world over the fate of the new menswear collection. Another big name – Raf Simons – has left the stage at Dior’s, which might lead to Elbaz joining the ranks of the quintessentially French fashion brand.

Born in Casablanca and raised in Israel, over the years Alber Elbaz has proven that he is one of the few who is capable of blending artistic talent, sartorial know-how and practical sense, a rare mix that has made him among the most respected and loved designers. On 24 January the latest Lanvin collection will be showcased, curated and signed by Lucas Ossendrjiver alone, who has been in charge of the menswear collection since 2005.

Dior Homme will also be parading in Paris under the guidance of Belgian designer Kris Van Assche, who for several seasons has been capable of artfully blending an urban mood with the typical classy look of the maison without forgetting the knowingly tailored tradition which remains Dior’s backbone.

The Parisian fashion week will be closing with another great traditional name that needs no introduction, Saint LaurentUnder the helm of extravagant Hedi Slimane, the brand is now proposing 70s rock-star looks, optical touches and overpowering combinations of patterns and shapes, creating a deafening kaleidoscope that has nothing to envy a punk-rock concert.