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Vuitton VIPs boil Miyake makes attire from bananas

PARIS, June 27, (Agencies): Louis Vuitton boiled guests in a sweltering greenhouse. Rick Owens caked models in chalk paint, while Issey Miyake made clothes from bananas. Such was Thursday, an average day of vibrant eccentricity, in Paris’ spring-summer 2015 menswear calendar. Here are the highlights and show reports from Day Two of ready-to-wear.

Louis Vuitton
It was Rajasthan in vogue for Louis Vuitton. Jones gave the legendary northwestern Indian region — known as the land of kings — a stylish reworking with a retro, 70s twist. Silk organza — inspired by turban fabrics with dynamic zigzag stripes — were reimagined as highly wearable semi-sheer wide short-sleeved shirts. And the colors of double-breasted suits in rust, blue, sage, orange and pink conjured up the sub-continental palette.

Issey Miyake
It was a show for “tropical dandies” at Issey Miyake, as the Paris sun shined high in the sky.
The tropical was in jellyfish motifs, tropical fruit prints, stunning cobalt blue dyes and in an inventive linen material that mixed abaca — woven wild banana — with pineapple yarns. But the best part, the dandy, was found in multi-layered silhouettes and in the texture of the linen that gained a stiff roughness from fabrication using old weaving machines.

Rick Owens
Rick Owens was inspired by the Ballet Russes’ “The Faun’s Afternoon” — and their famed costume designer Leon Bakst — for the American designer’s typically eccentric menswear offering. The program notes were impenetrable, but the collection could perhaps be read as a play on volume, deconstruction and inside-out.

Philip Lim
Phillip Lim mixed streetwear with a large dose of preppy at Paris fashion on Thursday while Damir Doma and Issey Miyake turned to nature for inspiration. Lim said his collection was all about mixing up influences to put his finger on what “boys are really wearing right now”. The US designer kicked off his show on day two of the men’s collections with a pale blue and grey check suit teamed with white sports shoes and high-necked black shirt.

Yohji Yamamoto
Elsewhere, veteran Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto’s latest collection featured rich tapestry of floral patterned fabrics. Jackets came with asymmetrical flaps or oversized white patches while trousers were voluminous, some with buttons down the side.

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LONDON:
Julian Assange has been asked to star in a fashion show by British designer Ben Westwood at Ecuador’s London embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder is currently holed up in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden. Former erotic photographer Westwood, son of legendary British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, wants “good looking” Assange, 42, to appear with six other models as part of a fringe event during London Fashion Week in September.

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