PARIS — Stephane Parmentier, the French designer who will unveil his debut collection for Claude Montana here on Monday, was an early fan of the house. "I became a fashion rat at 14," Parmentier recalled. "Claude’s shows were my favorite. They had the most energy. I remember everything about them: the hair, the music, the models — even their poses. And, certainly, I remember all of the clothes."

Now Parmentier, 35, is charged with injecting new energy into the house that Claude built. Although Montana still acts as a consultant, Parmentier has been chief designer at the house since last spring. French entrepreneur Laurent Layani purchased Claude Montana two years ago with an intent to revamp it. Ready-to-wear volume is currently $23 million. Layani’s first measure was to tap president Beatrice Bongibault — who has held top managerial jobs at Valentino and Chanel.

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