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