WWD has just reported that Valentino will not present its menswear collection at Fashion Week. The label, who usually presents in either Paris or Milan, is opting instead for commercial appointments only; so you can still get your hands on those well-cut suits if you need them. But for those of us who don't wear suits, we're kind of going to miss watching the impossibly coiffed male models strut down the runway. Thankfully, due to the womenswear-to-menswear trend we've been tracking for some time now, Balmain, Balenciaga and Roland Mouret are stepping up to the plate to deliver us our fill. But considering that Marni has also chosen to forgo a presentation, we hope this isn't the start of a counter-trend. Kind of makes you wonder if all these designers changing their shows to presentations will want to switch back to the more stressful show option once the econ situation clears itself up. --HAYLEY PHELAN
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New Menswear Reviews: Louis Vuitton, Mugler, and Valentino
Our menswear contributor Long Nguyen, co-founder and style director of Flaunt magazine, is hitting up the menswear shows in Paris to bring you all the latest. Read up on Louis Vuitton's Bhutanese-inspired collection, Mugler's fluoro-military wear, and Valentino's couture-like tailoring.
Valentino Men’s Spring 2012: Sportswear Elegance
Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt. PARIS--“Sportswear is the modern uniform, and we are trying to create sportswear with the feeling of traditional craftsmanship. Valentino has a heritage of couture, but we must make that part of the new world,” said Pier Paolo Piccioli at the quiet lunchtime presentation of the Valentino men’s collection, which took place in the brand's the sumptuous Place Vendôme office. Rather than a fashion show, designers Maria Grazia Chuiri and Piccioli personally narrated how specific pieces were made and spoke of evolving Valentino menswear into a modern, relaxed, luxurious collection. The collection was mainly individual garments of graphic and linear jackets, boxy military outerwear and slim trousers and denim in dark olive green, camel, charcoal and white. Each piece can be layered over one another in any casual or dressed up manner.