One of my favourite blogger’s and people, Marcus Kan of a la mode will be presenting the best of international men’s fashion weeks. For this post Marcus covers Milan Spring 2012 fashion week.
By Marcus Kan
Milan S/S 2012 Menswear Fashion Week has come to an end today and now it’s time for me to highlight the best collections from this fashion event.
One of my favourite collections is Burberry Prorsum. The collection has a very strong retro vibe and the circular graphic is amazing. For this collection, you really have to look closely at the details such as the triangular wood blocks on the sweater. The shoes, bags and jackets are simply stunning as there are a lot of colour choices for these items. Without a doubt, this collection has once again topped Bailey’s previous season.
Prada presents a very surprising collection based on the golf theme. The main element of this collection is prints. Miuccia has successfully blended the cartoon prints and floral prints together to create some quirky pieces. Also, the jewel stud embellishments on the clothes make the pieces to stand out. Of course, how can you not go crazy about the multicoloured dress shoes with the golf shoes sole?
Another major surprise this season is Roberto Cavalli. In this collection, Cavalli has decided to strip down the signature animal prints and instead inject vibrant colours into the garments. While you can still find some snakeskin print pieces here and there, the vibrantly coloured suits are definitely taking the lead in this collection. This is such a classic summer collection and I think Cavalli is trying to draw the line between his brand and the Jersey Shore wannabe.
Over at Gucci Frida Giannini continues to produce an amazing collection for men as she really understands what gentlemen need in their wardrobes. The clothes are very simple and sleek and the red series makes the collection stand out. Also, you really need to take a look at the details on the pants as the stripes and eyelets steal the show. Overall, this collection has everything a gentleman needs from day to night. Bravo!
Dolce & Gabbana is going for a modern fisherman look this coming spring and summer as the inspiration is coming from none other than the fishing net. This net concept is made into different sizes and materials to apply to different designs including blazers, swim trunks, pants and shoes. The dark color palette is giving the man a very bold image and it also gives volume to the pieces. If you have a thing for netting, this collection will be your first choice for next season.
D&G, the sister brand of Dolce & Gabbana, also has a very strong collection and it is centered around the foulard material. The prints on the clothes are beautiful and by blending the foulard with the denim material, the collection becomes refreshing and chic. Yes, this collection has a strong 90s vibe but if you style the pieces correctly, you can easily become the focus point of the night.
Versace is on a roll lately and this new collection has brought back a lot of the fashion house’s 90s memories. The zebra/stripe prints are fun to wear and Donatella is using most of the colors from the rainbow to create a vibrant collection. Worth mentioning is the return of the signature Medusa logo and the buckle pieces are something we all will be dying to own next spring.
Some other items from other brands that have caught my eyes include Jil Sander‘s snakeskin pouches around the neck, Costume National‘s tailored suits, Dirk Bikkembergs‘ tomato print shirt (This is MAJOR!!!), Moncler Gamme Bleu’s white fencing-inspired pieces, Neil Barrett‘s houndstooth jacket and Pringle of Scotland‘s checkered print vest.
Now, let’s get ready for Paris Fashion Week!