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Fall 2012 Menswear: Highlights From Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks

Music, military, and individualist themes fueled the European collections

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A model walks the runway during the Kris Van Assche Menswear Autumn/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Les Beaux-Arts de Paris on January 20th, 2012.

"Geek chic gets punk rock," one reviewer praised Kris Van Assche's Menswear collection – but actually, "Kraftwerkian" might be the operative term for this sterile yet eminently wearable collection. Known for his bleeding-edge tailoring skills, Van Assche accrued a regiment of immaculately manicured men to parade his latest inspiration: work uniforms of different walks of life, presented in contrasting volumes. For all the tweaks to fit and silhouette, bursts of color like the cobalt blue sweater wrap (fitted with a belt) provided the most intriguing and androgynous highlights.

Gallery by Colleen Nika

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A model walks the runway during the Givenchy Menswear Autumn/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 20th, 2012.

Givenchy Fall 2012 was a gothic but athletic tour de force. If  Trent Reznor became a ninja, he might turn to Riccardo Tisci to design his uniform. Much of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vibe conveyed here translated spectacularly to the women's Spring 2012 Couture collection, presented a week later. Case in point? The omnipresent nose rings, which triggered excited discussion about a body piercing revival.

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