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Models present a creation by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten.
AP / Jacques Brinon Models present a creation by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten.

Skinhead garb got a hefty dose of Parisian 70s chic at Dries Van Noten's influence-melding spring-summer 2011 menswear collection in Paris on Thursday.

Van Noten, a Belgian globetrotter whose magpie eye has made him a critical darling, again delivered a show that straddled continents, weaving together elements culled from punk-era London and 1970s street culture in Paris and New York.

Skinhead combat boots and cargo pants were paired with paint-splattered button-down shirts with mismatched sleeves, while chambray shirts were worn with high-water trousers in velvety butterscotch wool.

Bleach-spattered denim again had its day in the sun, as Van Noten sent out pantsuits made entirely from the fabric - beloved by the friendly, proto-skinheads of the early 70s.

"It's really a mixture of the energy of three cities, but blending it altogether into one collection," Van Noten said in a backstage interview.

"In the end, it's a lot of (elements) that men know, but mixed up differently, and men feel comfortable in it."

The crowd of fashion insiders got pretty comfortable, too. The show was held on docks along the Seine, and the crowd of tightly wound editors, stylists and journalists sipped beer from the can and dangled their feet over the river as they waited for the show to start.