Men’s Fashion | Milan Men’s Fashion Week wrap-up by Marcus Kan

Milan Men’s Fashion Week has come to an end and guest blogger Marcus Kan, fashion photographer, founder and editor of à la mode and fashion director of Ukamaku will be giving his expert opinion after the jump.

By Marcus Kan

Milan Men’s Fashion Week is finally over and now it is time to take a recap of the trends for the Fall/Winter season!

From left: Gucci, Jil Sander, Prada and Costume National Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

The vibrant color palette has extended from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter. Jil Sander has to be the representative for this category as you can see hot pink, orange, yellow and blue throughout the collection. Prada, Costume National and Gucci are using a darker palette (such as olive green, camel, mustard yellow) for their collections. Because of the variation of color tones, it has become very interesting to see each brand work on their colour matching skills. Some of my favorites will be Jil Sander’s pink on orange and Gucci’s pastel pink on lavender.

From left: Costume National, Moschino, Neil Barrett and Prada Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

One thing you cannot miss this season is the use of the stripes pattern. Dolce & Gabbana, Neil Barrett and Moschino are the brands that make me love the red stripes more especially the Moschino puffer jacket (with red and grey stripes). On the other hand, Prada has the double V pattern, which is very interesting and makes the collection unique. Another element I’ve see constantly this season are mixed materials. Representing this trend are Neil Barrett, with the amazing felt and leather blazer, and Costume National, with the grey wool blazer with the olive green leather sleeves.

From left: Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, Prada and Versace Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

It seems like retro theme is coming back this season as you can see from Prada and Versace. While Versace is concentrating on a 90’s Matrix look, Miuccia Prada has taken inspiration from the 50s to 70s (look at those shiny shirts and oversized sweaters). As you can guess, oversize fashion pieces can be seen throughout this season and Prada, Burberry Prorsum, Bottega Veneta are some of the brands representing this element. Also, for all the cropped pants fans out there, you are in luck because this trend will continue throughout the F/W season.

From left: Burberry Prorsum, John Richmond and Gucci Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

If you are a fur lover, you will be very impressed with this season since Burberry Prorsum, John Richmond and Gucci are using a lot of fur for their collections. If you can afford $27,000 for a jacket, I would suggest you get the oversized sculptural mink fur coat with leather from Burberry Prorsum.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011 Menswear Collections

Dolce & Gabbana show has to be one of the most interesting shows of this Milan Fashion Week since this is the second half or the brand’s 20th anniversary celebration. On the runway, you see a lot of signature styles from the past 20 years which means there is at least one look that you will love if you are a Dolce & Gabbana fan.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Menswear Collection

Another highlight is the second men’s collection from Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The show has two main themes: military and Savile Row gentleman look. Burton’s bold design skill for menswear is really showing in this collection, as many of the pieces are showstoppers for this coming season.

DSquared2 Fall 2011 Menswear Collection

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If you are a fan of dramatic theme-based fashion shows, then you will love this season’s DSquared² Canadian cowboy show. Even though the pieces are very slim fitting, I do not see how this collection will fit short people like me since there are a lot of long coats and oversized shirts (and of course, the white aprons as well).

My top favorite collections from this F/W season are Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Jil Sander, and Costume National. What about you? Which brands do you like from the Milan Fashion Week?

If you want to read a more detailed review on some of the brands I have listed above, you can read the Walk the Walk section on à la mode.


About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine,, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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One Response to Men’s Fashion | Milan Men’s Fashion Week wrap-up by Marcus Kan

  1. hwest says:

    Nice to see a guest blogger on J’adore. I’m a big fan of the DSquared2 line – even though I am neither male nor tall (I may opt to leave the white aprons out of any attempts to co-opt these looks).

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