- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

PARIS (AP) - The fashion pack says “Bonjour, Paris!” as the catwalk shows move on from Milan and onto the final dash to the finish line of fall-winter 2014 menswear collections.

Here are some top moments and tidbits from Wednesday’s dressy displays.


The presence of “Men in Black” star Will Smith at Valentino ensured that the show was the snapshot highlight of the first day of Paris menswear.

The smiling 45-year-old actor told The Associated Press inside the opulent 19th-century mansion venue that there’s nowhere he’d rather be than the City of Light.

“I’ve been taking a few months travelling to places like Buenos Aires. But there’s something distinct about Paris, when you walk around. This is exactly where I want to be right now,” he said, dressed head to toe in Valentino, with some enviable pajama-style pants and a draped scarf.

“And it’s great to be at the show. Valentino for me, well, it’s classical perfection.”


The third Paris menswear show for Valentino saw designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri (who sported a new, demure short hairstyle) channel ethnic patchwork.

“Intarsia,” or mosaic patterns, was how the program notes described the Aztec-like motifs that decorated peacoats, shearling coats and hunting jackets.

Woolen coats embroidered like rugs, and tribal wings on shoulders, mirrored the ethnic feel evoked by the myriad carpets that lined the catwalk floor.

The show was soft. From rounded shoulders, to pajamas suits and a harmonious blend of camel, gray, indigo blue on felt, every element gave the collection a snug feel.

A long thick striped coat in black, gray and brown had a soft, sumptuous tone.

It put the designers in good stead for the launch of their first flagship menswear boutique in Paris on the Rue Saint Honore- designed by architect David Chipperfield - which was inaugurated just after the show.


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