Milan Fashion Week is a celebration of groundbreaking design and artisan talent. The exclusive event for Men’s Spring/Summer’17 showcases collections from established design houses including Fendi and Missoni to exciting debut collections from Sunnei and Jun-Li. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about our favourite collections from the fashion capital.
Andreas Kronthaler’s for Vivienne Westwood
Andreas Kronthaler’s Menswear collection for Vivienne Westwood embraced gender fluidity with both men and women gracing the runway in an assortment of unisex clothing including loose knits, dresses and frills infused with disproportionate suiting with off the shoulder details and cut outs. The collection showed dedication to Julian Assange, marking his fifth year of confinement in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy and was a plea for his release. Many of the garments were emblazoned with the lettering ‘IoU’ standing for ‘Intellectuals Unite’ strengthening the political undertones. Colours were murky with hints of pink and blue and fabrics were mixed creating unique textures and tactility.
Finger on the Pulse, the Spring/Summer ’17 Emporio Armani collection, explored the identity of men in the form of deconstructed tailoring, wide leg and drop-crotch pants. The collection consisted of a handsome colour palette of blues and greys which saw certain garments emblazoned with a fingerprint motif. In the midst of this was a burst of red garments, almost acting as the heart of the collection. This collection fuses active wear and updated tailoring for a look that identifies the modern man.
A Milan Fashion week debut, Sunnei brought a youthful and fresh vibe with their Italian inspired collection. Designed by Simone Rizzo and Loris Messina, the duo describe the collection as ‘effortless cool’ or ‘sprezzatura’ in their native language, which showcases classic Italian heritage pieces such as double breasted blazers and chinos alongside more experimental garments such as patterned jumpsuits and sleeveless denim. With a bold colour palette of mustard yellows, burgundy and pale blues this collection brings Italian heritage to the streets.
Fendi gave a nod to David Hockney’s artwork with their Spring/Summer ’17 collection by building a bespoke swimming pool into their Milan show. The collection features relaxed tailoring in neutral pastel tones and is described as ‘the perfect balance between normality and complexity’. Despite making us want to book a holiday in the sun, highlights of the Fendi show were an oversized green fur coat, a towelling robe and of course, bucket hats!
Italian design house Missoni, took us on a journey to South America with their Spring/Summer ’17 collection. With rich colours reminiscent of a Guatemalan sunset, the collection showcased their renowned hand-woven fabrics in the form of 70’s inspired zigzag knits, tank tops and authentic leather sandals. Stunning hand embroidered Queztaly birds adorned selected garments, intensifying the native Guatemalan influence and we were even treated to some Missoni Cowboys completing a beautiful artisan summer collection.