Highlights from Milan Menswear Fashion Week F/W 11/12
The Fall/Winter 11/12 Menswear Fashion Week in Milan has just wrapped up, and as Suzy Menkes of IHT pointed out, this season has been surprisingly loud in colours, for a cold season. From Bottega Veneta to Jil Sander to Burberry, designers are collectively looking on to the bright side for Fall.
To sum it up, here are some of the highlights from the past few days of shows.
1) Burberry Prorsum’s rainy finale – Other than being technologically advanced, the iconic British brand has plenty of creative juices when it comes to showtime, reflecting London’s gloomy weather by raining (for real) during the finale and having the models walk down the runway in raincoats.
2) Jil Sander’s HD colours – After a strong and vibrant Spring/Summer season, Raf Simons played with colours again, but in a much subtle way, with hints of orange and pink appearing in fiercely tailored coats. The focus is on technical and textured fabrics.
3) Prada’s ‘dream house’ – For those who watched the livestreaming, you will remember watching the models going up and down a set that includes stairs to an open two-story house built against the studio wall. Miuccia Prada offered the idea that there is no place like home, and that must be a warm, cosy feeling for all the traveling fashion people at the show.
4) Moncler Gamme Bleu – As theatrical as ever, Thom Browne churned out an equestrian-inspired collection, which means horses would appear. The models have to walk down the runway juggling with one, or for some, two dogs.
5) Burton’s debut for McQueen menswear – After wowing the fashion crowd with her hit womenswear debut last October, the current Creative Director at Alexander McQueen Sarah Burton continues to prove herself with her second menswear collection for the label, which involved the theme of military/royalty and the signature McQueen digital prints with strong tailoring.
6) Anna in suits – Über fashionista and Vogue Nippon Editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo ditched dresses for men’s clothes throughout the 4 days of shows, wearing sharply tailored suits from DSquared2 and loafers from Church’s. It’s refreshing to see the usually glamourous Anna switching to full-on androgyny mode for while!