"Thin is in" on final day of Paris menswear

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm •  Published: June 29, 2014

PARIS (AP) — The last day of Paris menswear shows celebrated the young waif Sunday, with Saint Laurent and Lanvin channeling the motto: Thin is in.

Even rock star Lenny Kravitz was pushed back to a default second-row by skinny, near-adolescent groupies at Hedi Slimane's show.

Here are the highlights and show reports ending spring-summer 2015.


Wearing his customary shades, cooler-than-cool "Hunger Games" star Kravitz sat in pride of place at the center of Saint Laurent's front row.

Not for long.

Uber-young skinny groupies, selected by designer Slimane to set the tone for his boho show, entered last-minute all swilling beer and sat down Woodstock-style on the floor in front of all the A-listers. It was perhaps the first time a star like Kravitz had to sit behind someone at a catwalk show.

He didn't seem to care, rocking his head to the music by Mystic Braves. Maybe Kravitz was impressed by one of the '60s looks on a model with an afro hairstyle and leather waistcoat that channeled his idol, Jimmy Hendrix?


It was Tex-Mex meets West Coast at Slimane's latest show — with more than a little drop of hippy flower-power.

The mix somehow worked, producing a more coherent and stylish show than in previous seasons.

Fashion insiders are used to Slimane's now-signature shimmering Vegas statement jackets and sparkling disco tuxedos.

But here in Sunday's pulsating offering they joined striped Mexican ponchos and skinny matador pants embroidered down the side. That was the Mex.

The Tex came in looks that would not have been out of place on Clint Eastwood in "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," such as a beige shawl and tan suede cowboy boots.

As ever, the '60s and '70s infused the fashion vocabulary, with ubiquitous Woodstock-era styles — ethnic, hippy pendants swung on a naked torso with an embroidered waistcoat and neat black lapels.

There were some great looks, but — as ever — is getting a hippy, boho-look worth a multi-thousand dollar price tag?


Well and truly gone is the big hulking male model of yesteryear.

In its place is one Paris trend started two years ago by Slimane: Thin is in. The skinny near-adolescent model look, with the grouchy rebellious walk that now defines the French-Tunisian's aesthetic continued in Sunday's show, making "skinny" the final fashion statement, capped menswear spring-summer shows.

But there was another major house, Lanvin, who picked up the trend this season sending young, skinny models down the catwalk with a fine, slim silhouette.

Ironically enough, generous helpings of sugared brioche were served to fashionistas prior to the Left Bank Fine Arts School morning show. The often-misquoted Marie Antoinette quip as the legend has it that was said to spur on the French Revolution sprung to mind, as the wafer-thin clothes-horses filed by: "Let them eat brioche!"

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