If you didn’t already know Milan is currently hosting a fashion week for menswear and in true fashion style we are looking ahead; way ahead it seems, to the trends of Spring/Summer 2012.
Like all great fashion weeks it includes collections from some of the worlds biggest designer brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Viktor & Rolf, YSL and Dior, with a classic twist on our biggest sporting event for decades.
Yes that’s right, as designers for next season have chosen to centre their entire collections and main trends on male pastimes and sport, creating a hybrid of sporting hero’s in fashion just in time for next year’s 2012 Olympics.
Opening her show with a model wearing a poignant blazing torch t-shirt, Dame Vivienne Westwood noted “Next year London will be hosting the Olympic Games. We therefore dedicate this collection to the event and to the thousands of athletes who will participate.” But it didn’t stop there as high-end designers such as Prada went golfing with their collection throwing in an array of knits, trousers and flat caps all in floral and pastel tones. Navy blue and black hues were also mixed in to draw attention from the western style scarves wrapped around the models necks and studded shirts.
To help your partner create this overall look think epic blockbuster Gangs of New York in 1900s buttoned down collars with large stripes and a clash of fabrics. However, for evening wear head straight for two-tone metallic suits circa mid 1990s with tapered legs; match with cummerbunds and spotted handkerchiefs. Block colour also seems to be a staple-staying trend again across the board as DSqaured2 showed in their collection, paying homage to Greek gods half-dressed in skinny purple chinos and jeans that were preppy and fun, whilst Gucci showed an array of fine knits, fitted jackets and two-piece tailoring.
All-in-all your beau should be well honed for next season à la David Beckham.
Shows continue this week with Givenchy, Hermes, Lanvin et al.