Recaps for Milan Fashionweek Fall/ Winter 2012Tuesday, January 17, 2012Aaron Reese
I'm sure if you're a devout fashion whore like myself you've been following the progression of the menswear shows in Milan. While one can be consumed by all the fashion congestion it was easy enough for me to separate the highs and lows of the menswear catwalk in Milan. I'm not here to bog you down with facts so lets get down to it. Below are my top four Milan Fashion week menswear shows.
1. Burberry Prorsum- Once again Christian Bailey knocked it out the park with his exquisite outerwear and mind blowing accessories. Ushering in the age of suits and gentlemanly valor, Burberry definitely highlighted several of menswear's biggest trends of the year with my all time favorite being most dominant, color blocking. And tell me you don't think that fox sweater has the Ralphnerd written all over it. It's gorgeous and most certainly will be making an addition to my fall 2012 wishlist.
2. Jil Sander- Now if you recall Jil Sander's last menswear show was bright, energetic, eclectic and spell binding. If anything Jil Sander menswear for S/S 2011 had taught the menswear world the true meaning of summer color blocking. Raf Simons has brought much more of a striking edge to the Sander menswear line giving it a dark blend of luxury, grunge and mystery. This collection is almost an exact opposite of Simmon's last Jil Sander show and I must say I appreciate the range Raf Simmons offers. I've never seen a line as diversified as this. And he gets major kudos for the awesome dinosaur sweater. It's on my 2012 fall wishlist.
3. Roberto Cavalli- I was surprised by Cavalli's menswear show for this upcoming fall. I'm either disgusted or disappointed by them. Italian fashion has always had a knack for an impenetrable bravado and Cavalli proved to be no exception. The looks below are still flashy but updated for the modern man. I hear Daniele Cavalli has been looking for innovative ways of reinventing the Cavalli man. Looks like he's getting the job done.
4. Gucci- Gucci has been slowly dominating the Italian menswear circuit. A consistent 70's influence and casual luxury appeal that only rivals the French giants at Louis Vuitton, Gucci's rise in menswear was forthcoming. If there's one word I could use to describe this collection it'd be "cool". Of course chic, sophisticated, and luxe fit into the mix but that's what really came to mind when I saw it. The play with textures, the modern suits, the impeccable travel wear, and the ridiculous accessories are just the icing on the cake! The bags, eye wear, and shoes in this collection are beyond drool worthy.