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Simons goes Japanese Valentino loosens up

 PARIS, June 26, (AP): As the seriously style-minded switch their focus from Milan to Paris, the first day of menswear collections showed that even the haughty world of fashion can have a giggle. Comedians Seth Meyers and Colin Jost, dressed head-to-toe in Valentino, punctured the stiff-upper-lip in the first of five days of back to back shows with humor, as powerful editors scrambled around to see who had the better seat position.

Valentino
Is Valentino loosening up?
This season’s show, inspired by “outsiders and freethinkers,” saw designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli try to break out of their couture-conscious — sometimes stiff — mold. Along the pared-down catwalk of wooden planks, 52-looks in myriad styles were showcased — including silken baggy pajamas pants, psychedelic flower prints, 60s-style ethnic suede jackets and even a dressed-up 4-piece suit littered with retro prints of a comic book.
 
Meyers
Though Meyers cut a fine style with a fitted navy blue silk and wool Valentino suit to the heritage house’s spring-summer 2015 show, he still felt a little nervous. “I’m a comedian in the world of fashion... I don’t know if I have any street cred, but I hope I’m blending in,” he said with a twinkle in his eye.
 
Raf Simons
Raf Simons looked East for spring-summer with yet another strong and inventive menswear collection, mixing contrasting street styles with Japanese vestimentary codes. Models with wispy Asiatic fringes and brightly colored sneakers sported long jackets in sanitized white, navy and black with shawl-collar lapels that borrowed from the traditional kimono.
 
Roberto Cavalli
Paris fashion week always has its fair share of politics. This season, it was Roberto Cavalli who was in the line of fire, with Wednesday seeing dozens of campaigners in support of the Sufi branch of Islam protesting outside the Italian designer’s Paris boutique in opposition to his “Just Cavalli” scent logo. The stink, according to the placard-holding protesters from the Sufi community, is that the Cavalli design.
 
Carven
Carven’s acclaimed designer Guillaume Henry trod the line between proletariat and classical chic for spring-summer. Road-worker bands were reimagined as sanitized on optical lumber-jack check shirts cut with the clean minimalism which the French designer has used to revitalize the 70-year-old house.

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NEW YORK: Do you want to look like Olivia Pope? It’s handled. Women’s fashion retailer The Limited has teamed up with “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and the show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo to create a collection inspired by ABC’s hit inside-the-Beltway series, the company announced Wednesday. There are 42 looks, including tops, pants, jackets and outerwear. The Limited described the clothing as “sophisticated professional” with a neutral palette, tailored leg trousers and chic feminine blouses.
 
The collection will go on sale in late September. Last year, Paolo, with Washington’s input, curated window displays for Saks Fifth Avenue by dressing its mannequins like “Scandal” characters. The displays featured clothing by high-end designers such as Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Donna Karan and Carolina Herrera. “Scandal” will return for its fourth season this fall.

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