The Men of Milan
the Italian Scene? Prints, Textures & Layers
Words by Billy George
Photos via Phil Oh, Julien Boudet, The Impression, Adam Katz Sinding, Julien Boudet
Ahhh Milan. I have got to say - it's one of my favourites in the fashion month calendar. It's something about the lads sticking to the traditional roots of menswear, but adding a modern touch to it all. All other fashion weeks are starting to melt into one and the cities identities are slowly starting to disappear. I mean, think about it - Paris for its charm, New York for its grit, and so on. But now? Well, you could mix the photos together and you wouldn't be able to tell where they are without a bit of context! It's tragic!
The men of fashion flocked to Milan for the third round of shows after London and Pitti Uomo. Milan brings the labels - Fendi, Prada, Diesel, Marni, Versace, Missoni, Gosha. Rick Owens had his own exhibit, and so forth. The list goes on! On the streets, we saw plenty of Gucci (even though they don't show during the Mens schedule anymore, paired brilliantly within suits, along with plenty of sneakers and accessories to the max - totes, berets and the like.
Day 1 saw a minimalistic approach with an over '70s inspired take, with ensembles of corduroy, furry coats and stripes/check patterns everywhere. It was a genuine mix! Knitwear made its classic debut back to winter cold - plenty of cable knits and shawl neck sweaters were spotted alongside military themed pieces. Oh - let's not forget that everything was basically oversized too! Heritage mens prints like Houndstooth and Glen plaids made a big return (I'm hugely glad for this!). The stand out? Pattern on Pattern. Yep! Oh and Tone on Tone! It was a ripe ol' affair when it came to layering some brilliant tones and patterns together.
The following day was a vibrant display of colours, patterns and textures to really show the trends of vintage/heritage wear with check prints, corduroy and furry coats, which fuse so beautifully when mixed in with a modern touch. The beige and brown trench coats and shearling jackets snuck in with military inspired outerwear (think bombers) in olive & black. The colours you ask? Well that was thrown in with distinct pieces worn in as a winter layer - hoodies, anoraks, accessories - it was a flash affair. Think Supreme x LV bags or Off-White belts.
Anyways - enough of my rambling - I've collated some of my favourite looks that I've seen throughout the web. Enjoy!