After Pitti Uomo 97, the Milan Men’s Fashion Week took the spotlight with experimental catwalks such as the one at Dsquared2. The other much-awaited shows included ones by Fendi, Emporio Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo and Prada which offered elegant tailoring and statement outerwear collections and a comeback for traditional handmade materials.
Read on to find out all the moments that stood out from Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
Mr Armani unveiled his latest collection which offered classic silhouettes with pinstripes, long functional overcoats and several futuristic outdoor-wear pieces and in some cases, suit options in velvet, slate grey, midnight blue, and green.
“Buy less, buy durable things — that’s going to be the future,” said Silvia Venturini Fendi in the show notes for the collection which presented a new image of masculine elegance. Hybrid pieces with zipped panels to transform into jackets or photochromic coats and trousers that could pass off as skirts as well as signature monogram boots were the most talked-about pieces of this collection.
This season, Miuccia Prada brought the big and bulky leather boots, broad shoulders and bare arms inspired from her label’s early collections as well as the house’s signature nylon material. Sportswear came in a color palette that ranged from grey and black to pastels and neon accents with the Prada logo.
Gucci closed Milan Fashion Week with its first men’s only show since 2017. “I think menswear is even more experimental and stranger (than women’s) because men are allowed less,” said creative director Alessandro Michele. The inspiration of the collection had been Michele’s first collection from 2015 as the show opened with unique feminine silhouettes, tailoring, and layering featuring several androgynous models.
This Italian label Marni gave a huge lesson in layering this season with boldly patterned suits, structured pieces which had been created from old scraps of material bringing timeless silhouettes. The collection was full of chaotic graphics and bold garments which have never been seen in Marni before.
This season was a major celebration for the Canadian twins Dean and Dann Catten as they kicked off the FW20 season celebrating the label Dsquared2’s 25th anniversary. The collection featured a strong return of rugged leather and denim with female models walking down the runway in mini-shorts and corseted dresses, while the men showed up in huge oversized knitwear with fur and leather.
Dolce & Gabbana
The designer-duo looked to their Italian roots to create this collection inspired by their heritage with extreme head-turning pieces of traditional workwear.
What made Emporio Armani stand apart from the rest is not the show which was full of elegant tailoring and sportswear but the label’s offering of recycled fabrics on the runway as their commitment to sustainability in the fashion industry.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s FW20 collection exuded a vibe of Italian masculinity with influences from male archetypes seen in military pieces such as the jackets and coats.