- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

PARIS (AP) - Saturday’s installment of Paris Menswear Week was all about unexpected turns.

Karl Lagerfeld distracted guests by getting on like a house on fire - very visibly - with Chanel’s powerful arch-rival Bernard Arnault on the Dior Homme front row chatting throughout the show.

Kenzo’s outdoors summer show panicked organizers when it fell victim to a flash rain storm.

And guests at Sacai were delighted to be offered first-class refreshments only to discover they were so battery-packed inside many couldn’t see the clothes.

Here are the highlights and show reports of the penultimate day of spring-summer 2015 menswear shows.


That Chanel’s hair-powdered showman Karl Lagerfeld rocked up late to the Dior Homme show - as is tradition - it raised no eyebrows, triggering a run-of-the-mill media scrum.

What was unexpected, however, was the octogenarian chatting and laughing so visibly all the way through the show with Bernard Arnault, the head of LVMH, who own Dior and are considered the rivals of Chanel’s Wertheimer family. Lagerfeld’s eccentric gesticulations with his gloved hands distracted guests. (Lagerfeld is also the designer for LVMH’s Fendi.)

Also on the front row, were actor Ansel Elgort who wore a Dior Homme beige cotton-silk rain coat with raw-edged black leather, and rapper Kid Cudi who wore a Dior Homme navy polo shirt with contrasting gray collar. They behaved with more decorum.


Kris Van Assche mixed the staple tailored business suits of the Dior man with a spattering of the easel of southern French bohemian artists.

Navy suiting - with tuxedos and pinstripes - contrasted with Gallic-looking slim striped sweaters and T-shirts in red, blue and yellow.

It was as if to say: this stylish businessmen has had enough with working 9-5 and is now chilling out on the French Riviera.

Van Assche based his collection on the life Christian Dior who would himself travel away from Paris mid-century and gather in artistic and literary circles.

In a nod to this, and in a small play of abstraction, the vertical pinstripes became horizontal and then morphed into poetical text that graced a great blue truncated bomber jacket.

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