The four days of Milan fashion week came to a close with Giorgio Armani’s menswear collection for winter 2013 managing to combine everything a well turned-out gent needs with a casual kind of comfort.
Double-breasted seems to be the watchword for next year, but there will also be zips replacing buttons, suits in stretch fabric and silk T-shirts.
Knitwear and velvet play a major part in the collection, and this year Armani amended his favourite urban colour scheme, drawing inspiration instead from winter Alpine scenery and Italy’s exclusive ski-resorts.
Men and women shared the catwalk for Enrico Coveri in Milan to show off an autumn-winter collection for couples who like to raid each other’s wardrobe for inspiration.
Designer Francesco Martini Coveri said: “My collections are for both women and men because man gets inspiration from woman with some fabrics, and woman also is influenced by man. It’s a collection that avoids the traditional exclusive male and female shows. We want to show the two worlds meeting.’‘
The female models were dressed in masculine fabrics, and high heels, giving them an extra 12 cm in height.
The men took to the catwalk in bold prints and colours echoing the women’s wardrobe.
Designs for both sexes were mostly two-toned, relying on black for a dash of elegance.
There were baroque botanical prints alternating with geometrical shapes that Coveri said were inspired by wrought-iron countryside gates.
For evening wear, women appeared in short dresses inspired by the elegance of the tuxedo, and men brightened up the traditional black with designs drawn from city skylines.