By  on September 26, 2012

PARIS — These are heady times for fashion in Paris — thanks in no small part to Hedi Slimane,whose runway debut for Saint Laurent is arguably the most anticipated event since the late couturier’s retirement show in 2002 — or when Tom Ford took up the reins at Yves Saint Laurent in 2000.

Also poised to electrify this Paris Fashion Week is Raf Simons, who will show his first ready-to-wear collection for Christian Dior on Friday after a strong debut for couture in July.

The face-off of two fortysomething men’s wear mavericks on fashion’s biggest stage is likely to be the dominant story of the European season, compelling other designers in the French capital to up their game. Many top talents here are said to be anxious about Slimane and Simons stealing all the thunder, and are concentrating on putting their best foot forward.

 

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