Milan Men’s Fashion Week: Top 5
I defy anyone not to be put in a good mood by Gucci’s SS13 collection. Creative director Frida Giannini has clearly taken inspiration from a rainbow since there is not a single colour that does not feature prominently. The bright colours certainly make it a memorable collection and if it were more socially acceptable (and I had an obscene amount of cash) I guarantee you I would be wearing these day today (alright, maybe not the flowery trousers). But then again I am a colour junkie and I am quite taken with a few of the tamer pieces in the collection like the green lightweight knitwear. A vibrant, serotonin-inducing collection that provides a lot of fun to Gucci’s conventional suit cuts.
2. Burberry Prorsum
Being the magpie that I am it was impossible not to be attracted to the metallics on show at Burberry Prorsum. Christopher Bailey’s collection may be formulaic in its adherence to the SS13 trends; colour blocking and print on print to name two. On the subject of trends Burberry (along with others) also featured socks with sandals, a trend that I am not buying into – not now, not ever. What’s striking though is that when you see the bright electric blue metallic trench you assume that this collection will just cater for a small demographic of society, namely those who like to stand out. But, surprisingly enough, there is really something for everyone in this collection. The black peacoat with just a flash of metallic turquoise on the collar springs to mind. With this collection Bailey has done something quite extraordinary; he’s married the outrageous with the traditional and come up with something that truly caters for everyone.
What happens when you take Moschino, a house never afraid to experiment with colour, and a season all about vibrant, bold colours and prints. Well… this. The juxtaposition of conventional, highly tailored suits in crazy advertising prints was an attention grabber from the outset. Some of the calmer looks fused smart and casual effortlessly in blindingly bright pinks and greens finished off with smart trilbys. All that colour can’t help but brighten your day.
4. Roberto Cavalli
Calvalli’s collection was one of my favourite colour palettes, the vivid turquoises and dark midnight blue and purples made this one of the edgier shows in a fashion week all about playfulness and fun. The subtle shimmer of the shoes and jackets made sure the collection was somewhat lighthearted and the result was a cool yet conservative group of looks with some really great standout pieces.
5. Salvatore Ferragamo
Another of the upbeat, in-your-face colour shows. For anyone who, like myself, is a spiller, I have some bad news. Massimiliano Giornetti’s collection for Ferragamo continues the “super-super-white” trend seen in the London Collections so it may be time to invest in a bib. And a box of Daz. The tailored suits matched with sport footwear created a group of versatile looks suitable for any time of day or night. The colours were toned down for the formal looks making this one of the more “wearable” collections of MFW.