Milan Men fashion week January 2016 is over. The items we cannot miss for the next winter season?
As Milan Men fashion week is finally over, we need to make a résumé of what we have seen on the runway. Old trends are still strong, such as the genderless style of Gucci, Lucio Vanotti, Vivienne Westwood; the return to the past, from the ’40s of Corneliani and Zegna to the ’70s of Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas. New trends are upcoming, like the use of metallic surfaces and pastel colours. The minimalism of these crashes with the extravagances of those, giving everyone the possibility to find the proper inspiration.
COATS, PONCHOS AND FUR JACKETS
In order to face cold winters, we cannot avoid wearing the warmest things on the market. Starting from the classical coats, 2016 fashion shows us how to style maxi-fur coats (which seem coming strictly from Game of Thrones), mutton coats and leather jackets.
Two others interesting things to wrap up yourself? Capes and ponchos, from Dolce&Gabbana, Zegna and County of Milan.
PRINTS, PATTERNS AND EMBROIDERIES
We are used to see very linear men, who wear only pied de poule and Prince of Wales patterns on their clothes. However, this fashion week week gave us a lot of inspiration to transform simple colours into marvellous printed, patterned and embroidered clothes. From the over printed Gucci and Roberto Cavalli jackets to the elegant embroideries of Zegna, men have a lot of choice this year.
It seems like fashion got inspiration from the cinema this season. Just like Mark Watney in the movie The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015), men will dress like astronauts. From Versace to Calvin Klein, trousers, shirts, bags and coats will be in rose, blu, gold and silver metallic fabrics for a galactic style.
PINK AND LIGHT BLUE ARE THE NEW BLACK
Even if there is still who prefers soft winter colours like black, blue and grey (Emporio Armani first), some designers use a rich palette of colours on the runway, in particular the two Pantone colours of this year, rose quartz and serenity, declined in every single shade, from violet to peony, from turquoise to bluebottle.
BAGS, BACKPACKS AND CLUTCHES
The collections that just walked the runway want to give a real meaning to the cross-gender wardrobe. In fact, we find hand bags, pochette and backpacks which can truly satisfy both man and woman tastes. What if anyone is not comfortable with these fashion items? Jackets and shirts full of pockets are ready to be filled with wallets, keys and smartphones.
ACCESSORIES: SCARVES, HATS AND COLLARS
Giving a look to the runways, it is easy to see how hat is important in male style. But take off the classical-shaped hat like Borsalino, Prada has introduced white mariner hats and white removable collars. Nevertheless, wide-brimmed hats are equally important to the italo-Peruvian ones from Gucci. Big scarves are another not-missing item to warm up cold throats in winter time.
It’s kind of weird to see pyjamas on the runway, especially if they are supposed to appear not only in the private quiet of your house. From Roberto Cavalli to Dolce&Gabbana, pyjamas and night-gowns are made of the best fabrics, such as silk and satin (designers forgot the warm but all but fashionable flannel). Nevertheless, they don’t present the typical square pattern but beautiful prints which could be used to walk the city as well. At least, if you are late in the night, you can be on time in the morning just wearing the same outfit.
by Sabrina Nunziata