Paris’ understated man, Plokhov’s renaissance, Lacroix for Desigual, Mulburry performs, Fashion’s blurring lines

Rick Owens Autumn 2011 Runway | Source:

Paris Men’s: Fashion Hams and the Home Front (NY Times)
“Despite some of Mr. Helbers’s knowing design details, especially in the mix of textures, the dark clothes were plain enough to make you seem invisible, one more dude in the lonely crowd. But if you can afford Louis Vuitton, would you want that distinction?”

An Exclusive Sit-Down with Alexandre Plokhov (MANual)
“Like pretty much everyone else who follows menswear, we’ve been anticipating this week’s launch of Alexandre Plokhov’s namesake collection in Paris—which is why we were thrilled when the…designer invited us to his Flatiron District studio.”

Christian Lacroix Designing for Desigual (The Cut)
“The line has to be called Monseiur Lacroix since he can’t use his name on his designs anymore, and the first collection for fall 2011, presented this week at Barcelona Fashion Week, includes 30 pieces.”

Mulberry shrugs off retail gloom to ride the luxury boom (Telegraph)
Mulberry’s strong performance is in marked contrast with most high street fashion retailers, who in general had a difficult Christmas trading period due to the snow and consumers’ concerns about the economy.”

The blurring lines of fashion (Telegraph)
“Everyone in fashion is turning their hand to another discipline as stylists become designers, bloggers go mainstream and editors become creative consultants… the way fashion exists now, that means anyone in the industry can turn their hand to a new role.”