Where the Boys Are

Before you slip into your yearly eggnog coma, keep in mind that menswear is just a few weeks away, and it’s already bringing us some Yuletide cheer…

Martin might have left the building, but Maison Margiela marches on, staging its first menswear runway show, as hard as that is to believe. A highlight of Paris, it promises plenty of scraggly models and conceptual hijinks, but also loads of covetable clothes that have catapulted sales under Diesel.

Not to be outdone, one of the founding forces behind the now-defunct cult label Cloak, Alexandre Plokhov is leaving his post as head of Versace men’s to debut his own label during Paris. The move seems perfectly timed with the resurgence of strict men’s tailoring, and we can’t wait to see what the Russian whips up.

On the London front, expect a generation of upstarts to take the stage, including J.W. Anderson, Christopher Shannon and James Long, sponsored by the British Fashion Council. If previous efforts and Topshop collaborations are any indication, Long will be a contender. Watch the action when menswear takes the stage in late January.

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