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Spring 2010 Menswear Features Arab Inspiration

Arab faces are omnipresent these days, but they're typically featured more on the news than on runways. Several high-profile designers chose to change the bias for their Spring 2010 menswear collections with a bit of Arab style.

It's easy to sense the trace of the Ottoman Empire at John Galliano's Spring 2010 menswear show, though its theme--Napoleon's rise to power--sounds far more French. From the models' dark skin to the loose layers, sand-colored shirts, dark brown belts, and red headscarves, all signs show a clear link to the desert, camels and tribes scattered throughout the Middle East centuries ago.

Issey Miyake’s Spring 2010 collection is similarly exotic. Designer Dai Fujiwara was inspired by a trip to Turkey, so it's no surprise to see gorgeous Turkish blue, unique pointy shoes and the Ottoman patterns in the line.