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Boytown Milan Fall 2012-Winter 2013 | Colors and stripes with a slight Edwardian Twist

The Italian menswear collections are on! Out with the old, in with the new! It’s time for the newest and most exciting looks for the guys!

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This is the first round, so to speak. Milan opens up this particular cycle, Paris is to follow shortly. We’ll get you concise trends once the full-cycle is complete. But here is a quick review from the Italian collections to get your sartorial appetite going.

Burberry Prorsum - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Burberry Prorsum - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

What does Milan have in mind this time around? What are we to expect in the stores next fall? Well, boys, it’s time to grow up a bit and to start acting like men, actually, gentlemen to be more precise. Because Milan is pulling out the big guns this time. It’s all about well-fitted suits, impeccably tailored overcoats, and an overall polished look.

Jil Sander - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week`

Jil Sander - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Z Zegna - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Z Zegna - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Burberry Prorsum - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Burberry Prorsum - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Pringle of Scotland - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Pringle of Scotland - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Dolce e Gabbana - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Dolce e Gabbana - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Roberto Cavalli - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Roberto Cavalli - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

There is a somewhat Edwardian quality in many line-ups. Don’t think for a moment that our forefathers… okay [great-]great-grandfathers… dressed in a boring fashion. These guys liked colors and patterns and didn’t shy away from nice accessories either. It’s fun to see things that surprise today in their modernity but were completely common 100 years back. Nothing is new, nothing is sacred, anything is ripe for reinterpretation.

Dolce e Gabbana - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Dolce e Gabbana - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Men in Suits, c. 1912. By J.C Leyendecker. Source: NYPL

Men in Suits, c. 1912. By J.C Leyendecker. Source: NYPL

Prada - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Prada - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Men's suits early 1920s

Men's suits early 1920s

Ermenegildo Zegna - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Ermenegildo Zegna - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Men in suits early 1920s

Men in suits early 1920s

Z Zegna - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Z Zegna - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Etro - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Etro - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

We mentioned that colors and stripes are getting the reboot, so to not be undersold, some designers looked at the current trend for ‘color blocking’ in womenswear and gave it the “GUY” treatment. This time the effects range from laminates to intricate knitwear ­–all completely refreshing if not a touch intimidating.

Bottega Veneta - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Bottega Veneta - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Missoni - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Missoni - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Etro - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Etro - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Pringle of Scotland - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Pringle of Scotland - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Burberry Prorsum - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Burberry Prorsum - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

For all that black can do to a sleek man’s wardrobe, color is a dramatic and beautiful accent that often brings life to an otherwise dull selection. The issue is to have it well applied, so as to not overwhelm.

Pringle of Scotland - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Pringle of Scotland - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Missoni - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Missoni - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Z Zegna - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

Z Zegna - Fall-Winter 2012-2013 - Milan Fashion Week

We continue our series on Milan’s historical rise in the fashion world tomorrow…

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