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Scenes from the Nuit Debout movement: Above: Fashion statement during a night of violence on the Place de la République. Below, police guard a pile of arrested protesters lying on the ground. Photos by Darren Palmer

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Below: a wildcat march by about 50 teenagers a few days later. Their sign reads "To have peace, prepare for war." Photo: Paris Update

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Paris Menswear 2012-13

Paris Update Fashion Flash

BAD BOYS PAST AND PRESENT

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No traditional dark suits for German designer Bernhard Willhelm. Photo: Ford Leland

A nostalgic whiff of the 1930s permeated the 2012-13 Paris men’s fashion shows last week. Designer Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton best showed off this trend, leading the fashion pack down memory lane. The slick smooth hair, finely tailored suits in noble materials and refined colors – black, charcoal and electric navy-blue – evoked the glamorous allure of Hollywood in its heyday, when Clark Gable and Gary Cooper were kings of the silver screen.

While classy luxury is reassuring in these turbulent times, is there nothing new under the male fashion sun? No need to despair. Creativity and irreverent excitement can be found in the collections of such designers as the man from Antwerp, Walter Van Beirendonck, and the German designer Bernhard Willhelm. Madeleine Czigler