Milan, January 20, 2016 – If London is known for its eccentric men’s collections, then Milan is all about luxury. There were a few interesting things going on for Fall/Winter 2016 and luxury was definitely a common thread.
Comfort is huge for FW16 and the colours are simple, with that same family of turmeric/terra cotta/burnt sienna dominating the palette. Collections from Italian industry stalwarts such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli really shined. Traditionally conservative designers such as Bally, Cavali, and Ferragamo flexed some creative muscle showing they can go toe-to-toe with the more outlandish brands while staying true to their heritage brand’s DNA.
We’ve taken the time to team up the five biggest trends with the best collections coming out of Milan Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016.
The Spaghetti Western
Do we ever get tired of the Western theme in menswear? Never. FW16 offers an Italian twist to the theme and several designers impressed with Spaghetti Western inspired looks as simple as white contrast stitching on a black suit to full on cowboy motifs and pelts. – Antonio Marras, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Ralph Lauren
Space, future, the final frontier. Getting away from a purely literal translation, designers such as Versace when full-on with NASA badges and slick Zoolander 2050 looks, while Calvin Klein and others borrowed some of that space age foil. Wouldn’t hurt to incorporate some space inspired statement pieces into your wardrobe next fall/winter. – Versace, Calvin Klein, Costume National, DSquared2, Emporio Armani
Luxe Lounge Wear
We’ve never given much thought to men’s loungewear. Not once in the five years this website has been around have we even mentioned it. Has its time come? This is clearly menswear’s answer to women’s lingerie isn’t it? Italian designers seem to think so with Dolce & Gabbana leading the charge with a loungewear finale to their FW16 show. Might be time to ditch the football jersey and boxers and up your loungewear game. Silk, satin, and velour FW16 options look plentiful. – Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli
Chewbacca! – Brioni, Canali, Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, MSGM, Ralph Lauren
That 70s Show
The 1970s are everywhere for FW16 and the Italians may do it best. While some designers are merely testing the waters, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele has dived in headfirst and not looked back. He continues to build a more flamboyant version of what Frida Giannini started. As much as we love Gucci’s take (especially the footwear and accessories) it’s Peter Dundas’ work for Roberto Cavalli that knocked the ball out of the park. He’s gone for more of glam rock version of the decade that brought us some of the most memorable and outlandish rock stars in history. – Bally, Canali, Costume National, Etro, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Iceberg, Neil Barrett, Salvatore Ferragamo