Looking Cool in the Hot Season

With summer barely underway, the men's fashions presented by designers during the last week in Paris seemed curiously in sync with the weather. (Like Australia, the fashion business is confused about the seasons. Usually, spring clothes are shown in the fall and fall clothes are shown in the spring. However, these clothes are intended for the spring/summer season of 2002.)

The bright red suits, above, are by Hedi Slimane, in his second collection for Christian Dior. At right, a slick city look and narrow silhouette is by the American designer Tom Ford, in his collection for Yves Saint Laurent. At left, clothes from the house of Hermes would not be out of place at an ice cream social.

As always, the great menswear question remains: Will real men actually don these duds? Story on Page 2.

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