Introduction

Milan is home to some of the most sartorially poignant men around. Whether you like it or not – and believe us, at the beginning some don’t – it is where sprezzatura lives and breathes. A case in point is Milan Fashion Week (MFW). It is when the city livens up (more than the usual), gathering the stylish elite and offering unmissable parties and events.

So join us, front [row] and centre as we take a glimpse of the latest edition of the Settimana della Moda.

It is undeniable that Milan needs the freshness of some new faces. We appreciate the charm and timeless elegance of tradition just as much as the next Italian gentlemen. However, it’s often the case that the true beauty of fashion is in its tasteful rejection of standards and impositions – looking forward, rather than back.

Enter Andrea Pompilio. You may not be familiar with the name (yet), but take our word for it; if Giorgio Armani gives you a key to his place, you have done something right. In fact, starting this season, the almost 80-year-old godfather of the industry will open his catwalk theatre in Via Bergognone to emerging Italian talents.

Considered to be one of the most exciting and widely anticipated fashion shows of the season (at least by us), the spring/summer 2014 collection presented by Andrea Pompilio did not disappoint. Combining a classic aesthetic with modern sensibilities, he showed a refreshing take on menswear.

Focusing on smart essentials, revived and revitalized by exuberant prints and patterns, the silhouettes were relaxed and polished at the same time, while the colours felt very energising but not overwhelming. Despite being a runway debut for the 40-year old designer, the collection felt mature and dare we say more ready-to-wear than more established names.

A promising start on day one for MFW and a sign for seasons to come.

Andrea Pompilio SS14

Andrea Pompilio SS14 - Milan Fashion Week