PARIS (AP) - Could it be the recent death of Maurice Herzog, the first man to scale the 8,000-meter (26,500-foot) Annapurna peak, that inspired Louis Vuitton to climb the Himalayas for his winter menswear outing?

PARIS (AP) Could it be the recent death of Maurice Herzog, the first man to scale the 8,000-meter (26,500-foot) Annapurna peak, that inspired Louis Vuitton to climb the Himalayas for his winter menswear outing?

Or perhaps just a love of exotic, far-flung destinations for the house most famous for its travel bags?

Whatever the reason, it worked with designer Kim Jones turning out an effortless, luxury collection for fall-winter 2013 in Paris.

He came down to ground level, bringing with him with lashings of fur and the Asian region's snow leopard as a motif. This accompanied the house's bread-and-butter sharp suits in a muted palette underneath the wintry outerwear.

But it was the snow leopard who stole the show whether in needle punched jacquard on a light double breasted coat, or in collars, neckties and pocket squares, and even in one show-stopping laser cut mink coat the sky-high feline kept popping up.

Furs made a comeback; the program notes listed some six different pelts: astrakhan, sheepskin, shearling, shaved beaver, fox used on blousons, overcoats and parka trimmings and as lining.

Louis Vuitton shows are often exhaustive.

The final part included sumptuous prints in silk and cashmere on tuxedos and nightgowns thanks to a collaboration with Turner Prize nominees the Chapman Brothers, who fused baroque floral print with Himalayan traditional arts.

It was a decadent line up, with a little for every taste.

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