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Lang’s Men’s Collection Set for Parisian Return

PARIS — “I’m really looking forward to coming to Paris again,” Helmut Lang said Tuesday in announcing that he will unveil his next men’s collection here June 30 at Espace Commines during men’s fashion week.<P>The...

PARIS — “I’m really looking forward to coming to Paris again,” Helmut Lang said Tuesday in announcing that he will unveil his next men’s collection here June 30 at Espace Commines during men’s fashion week.

The move, which confirms a report in WWD on May 24, also suggests the designer will bring his women’s collection to the French capital for the October ready-to-wear shows.“We might, but at the moment nothing is decided,” he said. “Why not?”

The Austrian-born Lang, who moved his business to New York five years ago, had planned to resume showing in Paris last fall, but nixed those plans in the wake of Sept. 11. The designer upended the international fashion calendar in 1998 when he decided to present his collection in New York ahead of London, Milan and Paris. Ultimately, American designers joined him in kicking off the international fashion circuit.On Tuesday, Lang characterized his latest move as part of his house’s heritage of unexpected venues and methods of showing. He staged his first men’s wear only show in Paris in 1994 and reprised another one in New York in 1997. Usually, he shows men’s wear alongside his women’s wear collections. But he has also unveiled his latest designs on the Internet and by private appointments.

Lang said showing in Paris is not linked to any particular business or fashion development in Europe. However, he disclosed that the company plans to open stores in Paris, Milan and London, starting in 2003.

About 40 designers are slated to show in Paris during men’s fashion week, which runs June 29 to July 2.