Fashion Report: Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2014
Giorgio Armani posing with his models at the Milan Fashion Week. Image courtesy: AP
If we had to put together a mood board, it would be a fashionable montage of cultures, eras and prints coming together on one dynamic stage. Here’s our report on what the runway showcased
A heavy dose of heritage dominated the designs that models wore in 2014, portraying style influences dating back centuries ago. For example, Dolce & Gabbana took to the Norman invasion of 1061 for their collection, with archived images printed on garments such as suits of armour on tailored suits and hand-painted Norman architecture on a coat, to give you an imaginative glimpse. Some went pre-historic too; Ermenegildo Zegna’s Stefano Pilate presented a black sweater with triangles of dinosaur ridges fringing the sleeves.
“Fur In Coats”
A lot of focus was also on wearable lightweight quotes, as was seen in Prada’s menswear collection. Chocolate being a favourite, shades of blue were also seen in the designer’s knee-length coats and scarves. Fur was a component that was taken from being an accessory to a full fur coat! Thin-quilted layers, also seen in Calvin Klein’s sweatshirt controlled collection were a pleasant sight.
Fur-thermore, Salvatore Ferragamo made us realise the importance of neckwear with some desirable ties.
Importance must be given to well-tailored trousers. Bottega Veneta did just that, with their perfectly structured trousers and suede tracksuits. Elastic, yes elastic, made a comeback in this collection with elasticised pants usurping the place of buttons.
Models displaying collections by Emporio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci. Image courtesy: AP
In the New(s)
Gucci brought some novelty on the runway in the form of a dreamy, dusty pink autumn coat, which was paired with slim trousers; contemporary love to say the least.
Tod’s really made you realise how important versatility is to fashion. Their fresh take on this concept - from hooded jackets in suedes to crisp chequered suits, clothes that were swapped mid-way on stage to be worn the other way - proved the designer’s keen eye for detail.
Giorgio Armani stayed true to his reputation and gave us some seriously smart pieces of clothing – teal trousers, suits sans ties, zip-up cardigans and knitted suits in classic styles.
Dsquared2’s models’ entry couldn’t have been more dramatic, lurking out of cell doors in quilted jackets and denim track pants, the concept being prison, if you didn’t guess already. Break free of your style jail, we say!
Etro at Milan Fashion Week 2014. Image courtesy: AP
The 2014 Bohemian
The runway saw some 70s swag amalgamating with today’s urbane man, bringing us a view of counterculture. Fendi, Etro and Missoni brought out these elements portraying the modern gypsy in the form of paisley scarves, printed jackets, and colours of a less-messy time.
A lot from men’s fashion in Milan Fashion Week this time was meant for real people to wear at real events, much to everyone’s relief.
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