For proof that menswear is enjoying a renaissance, look no further than the latest runway collections, from Mugler's relaunch with Lady Gaga's stylist at the helm to Thom Browne's dinner party runway show.
Thom Browne may be best known for his skinny suits, but thanks to his fall 2011 collection that might all change. He staged an elaborate dinner party in the center of the runway and sent out models in looks that played with notions of Versailles and Oliver Twist. While its debatable how many men will run to the store to buy these pieces, they sure are fun to look at.
Jean Paul Gaultier styled his fall 2011 collection through the eyes of James Bond. Gaultier played with the idea of the tuxedo pairing tuxes with hot pants and fishnets, with long skirts and by creating wetsuit tuxes.
Raf Simons was thinking about Amish minimalism when he designed the Jil Sander fall 2011 collection. The pops of color in the collection gave the show its edge.
Giorgio Armani went back to his archives for inspiration to create his fall 2011 men's collection. Serious coats, evening clothes in velvet and black leather accents throughout are just the twists that keep his customers coming back year after year.
Raf Simons may have just announced that he has severed ties with his manufacturing partner, Italy-based Futurenet group, but that didn't stop the show. Simons played with collegiate staples and proportions with this collection.
No one in fashion puts on a show quite like John Galliano, and his fall 2011 men's collection was no exception. Galliano was inspired by Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and both the feminine and barbaric sides to his personality. Think turbans are just a trend for women? Galliano brought them into the men's orbit with this collection.
Glamorous men's clothes were the name of the game at Dries Van Noten's fall 2011 show. The collection was an ode to David Bowie: Fur accents, oversized knits and new variations on suits (like perfectly tailored jackets paired with motorcycle pants) rounded out the show.
Dolce & Gabbana pushed tailoring in their fall 2011 collection, while trying to make suits fresh for a younger generation. It's Savile Row style done for Gen-Y.
Thierry Mugler's relaunch was the most buzzed about show during the Paris collections. Under the direction of Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's stylist, the label went in a sinister and modern direction.
Karl Lagerfeld may have upstaged the Dior Homme show when he arrived front row, but Kris Van Assche's clean lines and exacting silhouettes are meant to reside the background anyway. Pops of red throughout were right on trend.
Miuccia Prada played with kitsch and the 1960s and 1970s for her fall 2011 men's collection. Mock turtlenecks, lurex and brown suede were sent down the runway with just a touch of irony.
2011 marks Gucci's 90th year in business, and to start off the anniversary year right Gucci designer Frida Giannini did what she does best--1970s bohemian luxe rock and roll clothes.
Hermès always epitomizes quiet luxury. This season Véronique Nichanian got a little bit more experimental, even showing jumpsuits in lush leather and shearling.
The predominantly black Louis Vuitton fall 2011 men's collection (there were occasional pops of motel red thrown in) was inspired by dark filmmaker David Lynch. Lush shearling, leather parkas and velvet evening jackets elevated the collection.
It's no surprise that a brand known for its outerwear is out to reinvent it for fall. Christopher Bailey sent models down the runway at Burberry Prorsum's fall 2011 show in '60s-inspired slick raincoats that are sure to be a must-have item.
No one does rocker chic quite like John Varvatos. Varvatos' rocker this season is on the road traveling and requires layers upon layers and lots of texture.
Sarah Burton is still trying to gain her footing at Alexander McQueen. Burton went back to the English history books for inspiration (something McQueen himself often did) and riffed on English military looks for this collection.
Both Alber Elbaz, Lanvin's creative director, and Lucas Ossendrijver, Lanvin's menswear designer, wanted to bring a return to elegance to menswear with this collection. Velvet jackets over white shirts buttoned to the neck are for the dandy of the new generation.
Inspired by Gothic street kids and classic athletic wear, Riccardo Tisci sent out a dark and moody collection for Givenchy fall 2011. The print of snarling Rottweilers that appeared time and time again throughout the collection only added to that dark mood.
Stefano Pilati played with mod suiting and body-conscious silhouettes for his fall 2011 collection for Yves Saint Laurent. The show's silhouettes conjure up images of The Beatles' first American tour in 1964.