Minutes before yesterday’s LANVIN menswear show in Paris, while the audience took its seats, LANVIN’s menswear designer LUCAS OSSENDRIJVER, seen above, took a leisurely stroll through the venue – a giant warehouse in the 15th arrondissement. He was wearing a sheer blue T-shirt over a white T-shirt, with black trousers and black shoes. A python-leather scarf was popping out of his trousers’ back pocket. Mr. OSSENDRIJVER was wonderfully relaxed. “This collection is about contrasts,” he said. “No colour, just black & white. Round and angular. Soft and hard. Shiny and matte. Berlin and Copacabana. It’s very different from what we’ve done before.” And indeed what was about to be unveiled turned out to be a stunningly innovative collection, a sensational moment, a landslide victory, and another new realm for LANVIN’s menswear. (See for instance style.com for the photos.) This week’s shows in Paris may not have been the most exciting ever, but at least LANVIN was a spectacular high. Congratulations.