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Milan Fashion Week
June – a month full of fresh, exciting and inspirational men’s fashion. What more could you ask for? This month sees some of the most established and celebrated designers showcase their collections at Fashion Weeks dedicated to menswear in both Milan and Paris. With Milan Menswear Fashion Week now over, here’s a round up of some of the week’s hottest shows as well as a brief outline on some of the trends we’ll be seeing for Spring/Summer 2011.
As the first big name brand to present its collection, Calvin Klein offered a very minimalist take on the season but with a modern, almost futuristic twist.
Mixing between a palette of muted blacks and silvers and more vibrant pastel colours, the collection revived the previous metallic trend that feature heavily last season. However, the Spring/Summer 2011 offering sees interesting textures being combined with metallic fabrics and finishes to provide an overall more visually stimulating and interesting look. Accessories reflected the minimalistic approach to the collection with simplistic trainers in matching tones.
Easily my favourite collection of the entire week, Burberry reinforced its position at the forefront of British Fashion with a luxurious display of fabrics, cuts and accessories. A collection which clearly draws inspiration from Mods and Rockers, creative director Christopher Bailey really shows off his skills as a designer by constantly reinventing the classic Burberry style.
Colours remained predominantly dark and simple allowing for fabric and texture to take a leading role. Leather featured heavily throughout with amazingly constructed biker jackets, which incorporated detailing such as metal studs, proving to be a key statement piece. However, undoubtedly it wouldn’t be a Burberry collection without Burberry’s most iconic garment – the trench coat. Spring/Summer 2011 sees the trench coat retain its classic shape and cut but with a greater focus on detailing such as added buckles or leather straps. Those that invested in this summer’s footwear trend will be happy to know that their saving paid off as gladiator sandals were definitely the footwear of choice.
Encompassing bold graphic prints, a splashing of leather and even a few tassels (not to mention quiff’s that Elvis himself would be proud of) the latest Versace collection gave more than a nostalgic nod to the Rock ‘n’ Roll era.
Monochrome stood firm alongside other trends such as bold prints and leather. The essential garment of the collection was undoubtedly the simple two piece suit, which had been livened up with statement patterns. Chunky silver chain necklaces dominated in the accessories department, together with chain bracelets and simplistic belts with buckles featuring the Versace logo.
On the outside a generally relaxed collection, the Emporio Armani collection featured an underlying sense of toughness. Although silhouettes were relaxed, featuring open neck shirts, open jackets and instances of draping, you couldn’t help but notice the presence of a more rough and harsh aesthetic brought on by a heavy use of leather alongside what I can only describe as ‘necklace braces’.
Now they may not be for everyone however I really like the idea of the ‘necklaces braces’. They’re new, interesting and definitely something I haven’t seen elsewhere. Also striking some controversy were meggings, as previously featured by the ever knowledgeable Jacob Kamara, which featured heavily throughout the collection.
With a nod towards the Riviera, the Salvatore Ferragmo collection offered a very laid back, casual aesthetic with a colour palette heavily reliant on nudes, cream and navy.
Trousers were often high-waisted and belted to compliment the nautical vibe. Meanwhile the rest of the collection featured very relaxed cuts with blazers layered over casual tops and shirts. Perhaps to our advantage given the reliability of British the summer, the collection also included a spattering of chunky knit cardigans in cream and blue. Accessories were limited to a few simplistic bags as well as a few interesting belts, sometimes worn around the waist, in complimenting colours.
One of the more eagerly anticipated shows of the week, Prada worked on reinventing the way we look to the past for inspiration by experimenting with shape and colour.
Focusing on a very loose silhouette, the collection featured oversized, baggy tops and shorts heavily. Tops were also often tucked in to bring in the waist line and divide up the look. Meanwhile, colours remain mainly vibrant throughout with a mix of bright and pastel shades. Bags came in the form of small sacks which were either carried or attached at the belt which I really loved. However, it was definitely footwear that stole the show in terms of accessories as the platform shoes, crafted from different types of soles sandwiched together, caused quite a storm on Twitter!
So, overall a very busy yet exciting and inspirational time for men’s fashion, with plenty more to come! Check back this week for our round up of the final two days of Milan Menswear Fashion Week.