Milan Fashion Week: Men

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016 aesthetic which hit the runway was a play on aristocratic 18th-century fashion infused with 21st century updates. The expansive menswear collection included silk boots, embroidered lace shirts, knitted cardigan sweaters, three-piece suits, patched jeans, summery striped pants, a slew of polo shirts and more. The collection was obviously inspired by Japanese fashion, classic Spanish art and Ancient Rome — which were all combined in stunning, unique designs.

Gucci Spring 2016 following newly anointed creative director Alessandro Michele’s first effort five months ago has transformed Gucci man asthetic by way of silk blouses, lace shirts and a fey attitude — this transition instantly reverberated throughout the fashion world and ignited a trend towards wan models with ambiguous sexuality and fanned the androgyny trend all the way up to some of fashion’s biggest names.

Moschino Spring 2016 collection showcased in Florence’s historic Palazzo Corsini with designer Jeremy Scott channeling inspirations that ranged from Giovanni Casanova and Louis XVI to the Moto GP, Scott created a fun, irreverent collection that shattered the boundaries between casual and formal. Parkas embellished with motorcycle race suit logos were juxtaposed with tailcoats decorated with gold embroideries, while a cotton shirt and coordinated denim pants were printed with images of precious gems. Scott also introduced a note of decadent romanticism in the lineup via pieces crafted from opulent brocades, such as a tailcoat with zippers that transforms into a biker jacket.

Neil Barrett Spring 2016 collection infused the contemporary workman’s lifestyle into his collection.  His heritage as a son of a tailor presented itself through perfectly balanced coats and jackets.  Neil Barrett once said, the balance is in the idea of trying to get the perfect, ideal iconic menswear pieces:  the perfect parka, the perfect jean jacket, and offer them in one colorway (per print) per fabric. Your coat that’s one shape, you can buy it in jersey or in denim or in grey suiting but that’s been and made suitable to wearing a coat, and you have the same pant cuffs and the same suit so it’s all one color. So it’s giving you options of the same garment but perfect versions of them.  In reality it’s only five actual garments but the cuts are slim or oversized, in the ideal color (and print) and ideal fabric” and shapes that can fit everyone.


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