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Valentino kicks off men's fashion in Paris

Published on Jan 16, 2014 6:13 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Hard on the heels of Milan, Paris kicked off its winter menswear series on Wednesday with shows featuring multiple variations on the classic suit by Valentino and Carven, while iconoclast Walter Von Beirendonck unveiled in-your-face stripes.

Valentino's models treaded softly on colourful, geometrically patterned kilim carpets, a motif sometimes echoed in the coats and jackets though in muted winter hues.

United States (US) actor Will Smith was among the guests who warmly applauded Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who came up with endless variations on the suit.

One navy blue suit featured a pyjama cut with falling shoulders for a relaxed look; another is in green army camouflage.

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