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April 17 2014

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Three’s a Trend: Man the Trenches

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Black trenches from Saint Laurent, Thom Browne, and Lanvin

As the Spring ’14 menswear collections wrapped in Paris over the weekend, a number of designers showed hyper-luxe takes on a bold wardrobe staple: the all-black leather trenchcoat.

Thom Browne‘s exercise in militaristic flamboyance offered a skirted patent-leather coat cut snug at the waist, trimmed with epaulets, and finished with heavy hardware. Hedi Slimane turned out a greased-up, banged-up iteration in one of his signature slim cuts at Saint Laurent. And lastly, Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver delivered a supple, wide-collared option at Lanvin. While Elbaz said there was “nothing techno or digital” about the lineup, one can’t deny that this piece recalled Keanu Reeves’ iconic look from cinema’s ultimate cyber film: The Matrix.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Saint Laurent, Lanvin);  Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Thom Browne)

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