Milan Men’s Fashion Week: DAY 2

If day 1 surprised you, then day 2 will surpass your expectations. What was seen was fashion in every sense of the word. With the exception of Gianfranco Ferre which opted for a repetition of the same suit in different variations, every show was fantastic. Prada was a bit standard in doing what best they do, fine tailoring, minimalism, simplicity and glamour. Alike Albino Deuxieme, we saw high volume coats as well as mixture of  solid and argyle cardigans. At Prada the star was the use of twenties’ inspired short trouser which gave the collection its edge and youth which otherwise would’ve been washed out in a sea of neutrals. At Deuxieme the main color of choice seemed to be blue and beige, a theme also present at Ermanno Scervino and at Emporio Armani, which were by far some the greatest showcases for edge. Ermanno Scervino used nostalgia as its inspiration but geared towards today’s modern shopper, which resulted in a very fresh and elegantly Italian collection. Black, grey, and camel were the colors that graced the mix of tucked pants, fleece lined boots and the cashmere woven prints. At Emporio Armani what we saw could be called liquid fashion. There was such a fluidity between the pieces and an effortlessness they showed that it almost seemed as if the models were walking out freshly wet in waves of fashion. The cuts were smooth and asymmetrical incorporating fitted pants, and knee-high boots pushing the boundary which resulted in edge at its best. The colors ranged from maroons, camels, olive greens, blacks and greys, as well as the use of leathers, calf skins and cashmere. This is what a man wears to look stylish and tough while retaining the Italian elegance which is the signature of the label, by far one of the best collections the house has produced.

Emporio Armani

Alike the first day, “the modern dandy”  was very present, as was the case at the Moncler Gamme Bleu and Vivienne Westwood shows. Gamme Bleu opted for an equestrian inspired collection as was obvious from the beginning with the use of cloaks, plaids, tweeds, and cashmere. The use of contrasting piping and off-neutral colors gave the collection a very modern and classic look. At Westwood we saw a bit of the same theme but with a more eccentric use of color, ranging from pinks, to bright blues with maroon and green as well as denim and plaids. Loose fitting pants and suspenders rang  present in a collection which turned out to have an odd touch of femininity with an even bigger dose of badass attitude resulting in clothing all the more masculine.  This collection taught a lesson, “this is how you play with fashion,” truly a wardrobe for any man who knows how to dress.

Vivienne Westwood

Also intriguing were the shows at Salvatore Ferragamo, Missoni, Bottega Veneta, and Roberto Cavalli, all seemingly inspired by the seventies’. At Ferragamo we saw a display of contrasting shoes and tailor fitted suits in shades of beige, maroon, orange, blue, and even denim, which truly was a young man’s guide to the disco age. At Missoni low-key was key as was evident from the venue, a warehouse. The collection was very settle when using colors, mostly sticking to neutrals with bits of orange, blues, and camel with a very underplayed zig zag. Poncho-like cardigans were seen as well as a seventies’ inspired missoni-esque print. It was truly a collection for anyone who wants to look cool while being inconspicuous. Cavalli took an opportunity to pay homage to John Lennon as was clear with the use of flared pants, ponchos, and the use of Partridge colors. It truly would’ve been a show from the seventies’ if it wasn’t for the outstanding tailoring and fine attention to detail which gave the collection a settle youthfulness. It was definitely a musician’s dream collection, almost wearable music.

Roberto Cavalli (Left) Missoni (Center) Bottega Veneta (Right)

Lastly, another great surprise was Bottega Veneta which proved once again why they are more than an accessories label. Using an eclectic choice of colors running from mustard, orange, to neon green, as well as basic neutrals, Veneta served up what could be called the wardrobe to the modern Shakespearian Romeo. It had a touch of romanticism with clean cuts and fine lines, but was edgy nonetheless with the use of leather pants and velvet blazers. It was a wonderful paradox of serious and fun all at once. Thus far, each show surpasses the one before, what will day 3 have in store?

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2 responses to “Milan Men’s Fashion Week: DAY 2

  1. Wow Missoni is truly different. With the Westwood collection I mentally replaced each look with a pair of jeans to replace the bottoms. think it would be totally necessary to make the average non stylistic man feel normal This is definitely not a rtw collection and yes you have to be able to dress and have an imagination! I never realized it was so much hot gear out for men. Guys are lucky now.

  2. Imagination is key, if we all wore the exact looks from the runway we’d all be cookie cut. Fashion wouldn’t be fun without individual style, you have to tune it to your vibe. Totally agree with you!

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