The best of Italian menswear will be set to impress with their Autumn/Winter 2013 collections in Milan Men's Fashion Week. Following London Collections: Men, trends throughout menswear will start to appear and of course consumer interest will start to rise, especially with live streaming of fashion shows.
The first day offered shows from Corneliani, Les Hommes, Antonio Marras, John Varvatos , Marni, Frankie Morello and Costume National. My favourite collections shown on the day include Burberry Prorsum, Jil Sander, Ermenegildo Zegna and Dolce & Gabbana.
Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2013
|A lovely invite from Burberry|
Image courtesy of Burberry
|Burberry started the show with a projection of the London cityscape|
|Christopher Bailey, Creative Director of Burberry|
Christopher Bailey decided to tone it down for Autumn/Winter 2013, a welcome move away from his bright metallics in Spring/Summer 2013. The collection encompassed bold but beautiful leopard and tiger printed sunglasses and bags, military greens and lovely heart printed sweaters. The collection is an embodiment of London attitude and culture, and plays on both the masculine and feminine side of men.
Images courtesy of the Burberry LIVE stream
Jil Sander Autumn/Winter 2013
Since Jil Sander's return to her label, she has managed to meld the her own vision and that of Raf Simons, making the label stand out as a benchmark for the future of minimalist fashion. Sombre colour choice and the subtlety of the prints add a dynamic dimension to the garments, and thus creating a calm and collected collection perfect for the "Zen" man.
Images courtesy of Fashionising
Ermenegildo Zegna Autumn/Winter 2013
The light reflecting off a golden runway lit up the room even before the show started, and of course, setting the mood for a truly innovative menswear collection. The structural masculinity of the garments goes hand in hand with the futuristic aesthetics of the reflective sunglasses, smooth leather jackets and gold collar links. Black and gold is always a sophisticated combination, and the team at Ermengildo Zegna have just expressed their interpretation of what the future of menswear entails through these colours.
Images courtesy of the Ermenegildo Zegna LIVE stream
Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2013
|Flower clad invitations for the Autumn/Winter 2013 show|
Image courtesy of Swide.com
By far one of the best fashion shows I have ever witnessed, Dolce & Gabbana paid homage to the label's heritage and Italian culture, emphasizing the strong Romantic and Catholic ideals of the nation. From the rose embedded chandeliers, classical music, the altar at the entrance of the runway to the garments themselves, this show/collection projected Italy's past and present onto the runway. Besides the immaculate tailoring, the stand out pieces were the floral and Biblical printed garments. Never have I seen such beautiful floristry on menswear, whether it be print or tapestry. The grandeur of the collection was emphasized by the combination of the floral blazers, long sleeves and coats and the bejeweled long sleeves with Biblical tapestry. The show ended with a cheerful ringing of Church bells, and thus setting the benchmark for other designers yet to show at Milan and Paris.
Images courtesy of the Dolce & Gabbana LIVE stream