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2011 Catwalk Report: Day 4

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Our Style Director Adrian Clark has left Milan behind and headed for France to report back on the latest from the Paris Fashion Week.

To read his thoughts on Milan click here.

The question mark hanging over the Thierry Mugler menswear show on the opening night of Paris Fashion Week was whether Lady Gaga would make a guest appearance. The reason being that this was the debut collection from new creative director, Nicola Formichetti, who has – with a band of underground creatives, known collectively as the house of Gaga – been responsible for shaping the avant-garde singer’s image.

Disappointingly she never showed, however listed in the show notes as "the musical director of this menswear project," while she may not have been there in person, she was definitely there in spirit, having remixed the title song for her forthcoming album as an original and exclusive ‘taster’ of her forthcoming release.

Showing in an auto garage in the trendy Le Marrais district (the equivalent of London’s Soho) Formichetti, along with menswear design director, Romain Kremer (who isn’t a new addition) unveiled their first collaborative collection together that will be known simply as ‘Mugler’ from here on in and will drop the founder of the label’s Christian name. It will also boast a completely new logo and according to the show notes it opened up a “new chapter” for the designer brand best known in the 80’s and 90’s for dressing female supermodels as untouchable divas and goddesses.

The collection ran the gamut of the label’s historic reference points; some trousers were nearly skintight in the seat and voluminous in the leg; others were padded at the ankles, like protective motorcycle gear. Jackets ranged from cropped cutaway length to mid-calf, some belted or nipped in at the waist, others unbelted. Some looks included free-flowing apron- or nightshirt-like tops, while one included a mirrored breastplate. One thing is for sure, a lot of fetish inspired flesh was on show and the order of the day.

The color palette fused bright bolts of electrifying and neon orange as well as monochromes and some neutral tones of gray, tobacco and brown.

P&G Grooming Stylist Michael Douglas Explains how to get the look (far right) from the Thierry Mugler show in Paris:

"Your hair cut needs to be short back and sides but at least 5cm of length on top and it’s wet look gel all the way with this style! Prep the hair by shampooing with head&shoulders For Men shampoo (RRP. £2.39 for 250ml) - the scalp has to be total flake free for this, as you'll see any dryness or dandruff on the finished look. Then apply a 50p coin sized amount of Shockwaves Wet Look Gel (RRP £2.49) to wet hair and comb back with a wide tooth comb - no hairdryer and no touching until it's dried!"



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