Menswear reporter James Tregaskes introduces us to day one of Milan Men’s Fashion Week
Are you still in that post-Christmas grey period that blights the month of January like a bad smell? Well fear not, it would appear that things are finally picking up, awards season is in full swing, Sundance Film Festival has begun and for us boys its men’s fashion week in Milan swiftly followed by Paris later this week and we’re itching to see what trends are going to emerge for Autumn/Winter 2009 from the runways of these two European vanguards of menswear
First up for us was Missoni, the Italian fashion house more commonly associated for its womenswear and even more so for its legendary knitwear; you bet there’s a fair few Missoni scarves in the t5m closet. The show opened with cropped trousers paired with weighty biker boots, a nod to a slightly harder man we’ve not seen before.Missoni
Cue monochrome plaid, oversized cardigans and patchwork coats that almost appeared like feathers on a bird. This nonchalant undertone continued a step further; venturing into the realm of grunge, what with those distressed seams and tatty boots. As expected, plaid made its grand return after being such a hit last season; in this instance in an oversized blue and brown colour-way and later on a red strain, seen on pea coats with exaggerated lapels.
The tones got a whole lot richer as time went by; deep blues, burgundies, golds and reds all emerged, revealing a veritable feast of coloured cardigans, deep v-necks and scarves. Despite often being layered together, the mixtures of stripe and patterns went hand-in-hand with what Missoni style is about, in one of their strongest menswear collections.
Next up, Marni.