We don't often write about men's accessories in these parts, but the manbags (and gloves and belts and sunglasses and shoes...) that just debuted in Paris for Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 are too good to pass up. I don't personally know too many men who carry clutches, but most of the hand-held...

The Paris men's shows are a refreshing change of pace–typically, collections presented here are more creative and less commercial than those in New York or Milan. Case in point: the Issey Miyake show, which emphasized a romantic–even poetic–take on menswear. Susan prepares a video...

Susan and Paul Smith Loammi, Susan and Andrej After the show, Paul talked to reporters and well-wishers. He was upbeat and exuberant, probably thrilled to have another successful show under his belt. Meanwhile, we were caught up in the flock of great-looking models making quick changes...

His presentations are similarly offbeat, and this season's men's show in Paris was no exception. Susan in front of the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild His choice of venue this time was the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, a late-18th century house near the Arc de Triomphe. This beautiful spot has...

He also has a fondness for Paris: last season, he showed his men's collection at Maxim's, and this time he chose the Galerie de Minéralogie, a musty, 19th-century museum in the Jardin des Plantes. It's a creepy spot at the best of times, made gloomier by the cold winter night. And then Thom's...

The show's last looks featured gorgeous, silkscreened images of Asian faces splashed across neoprene pullovers (looking for all the world like inflatable toys), followed by a final rush of futuristic troopers in space helmets and jumpsuits. Or perhaps this was a clean-up crew in the wake of...

As a result, his presentations during Paris Men's Week are always low-key affairs–the main ingredients are a charming venue, a handful of models, a leisurely series of presto-changos and Gustavo himself, answering questions and drawing attention to subtle details in the clothes. One...

Susan Tabak home Without a doubt, the Lanvin men's show has become so influential, it's now one of the most-anticipated défilés on the Paris schedule. Under the guidance of Lanvin's creative director, Alber Elbaz, and his menswear designer, Lucas Ossendrijver, each collection seems to find...

Susan Tabak home The very first show on the Paris Men's calendar this season was Y. Project by Yohan Serfaty–an odd name, but an interesting collection. Serfaty cuts leather or cloth with mathematical precision, making pieces that look both razor-sharp, yet molded to the body–and textured to...

The great thing about a collection like this is how many wearable clothes and accessories it contains, while still offering all the runway flair one expects from a Paris Men's Week défilé. In other words, it's both commercially viable and surprisingly forward-looking–a rare combination in...

 

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