Bright, summery and perfectly tailored outfits made out of bamboo, hemp, nettles and even milk made up Kean Etro’s surprising spring-summer collection for men at Milan Fashion Week.
A tribute to Italian food and fashion, Etro’s show saw prints packed with pieces of dancing pasta and piles of seafood with digital photos of vegetables, lasagne and risotto coating his colorful collection.
“Banana jacket and shirts… you can make thread out of banana, same goes with cereals, you do the same thing with milk, with bamboo shoots, with nettles, with hemp of course, and the thing: is why are we doing this? To keep biodiversity running in agriculture. So yes, in fashion, yes, something that you eat, but at the same time taking care of resources because resources are limited,” said the designer.
Featuring a sunny palette of bright yellow, electric pink and turquoise, the show came to a close with a silk tracksuit covered in Etro’s favourite dish: spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams).
Gucci’s elegant Spring-Summer collection had a nautical theme and saw models take to the runway in pirate stripes and jackets with golden buttons.
A minimalist palette included navy blue, khaki, white and red with a glimpse of emerald green. Washed leather, two-tone canvas, cotton and denim featured heavily. Accessories included cross-body strap bags, loafers and metal bracelets.
And there were stripes too, both fine and bold, for iconic Italian designer Giorgio Armani, whose Emporio Armani collection was dominated by black-and-white outfits featuring a strong graphic component.
Other offerings included monochrome sweatshirts and numerous backpacks and holdalls.
The silhouette was loose and easy, with pleated trousers or drawstring athletic pants. Zip-up jackets, parkas, pea coats and tight-fitting jackets dominated in natural fabrics like wool, cotton and silk.