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Milan: pieces of the past and hints of the future

Milan: pieces of the past and hints of the future
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Italian fashion house Etro is roping in inspiration from the horse-riding arenas of Mexico for its Charreria-inspired Spring/Summer 2014 men’s fashion collection.

In its recent fashion show, leather, embroidered details and patchwork were paired with Etro’s iconic paisley print and structured suits to bring a taste of Spanish style to the brand’s Italian elegance.

And, of course, an abundance of sombreros, charro boots and leather cowboy belts.

The palette was earthy like the dusty terrain of Mexico, with splashes of summery pastels thrown in to key pieces.

Even Zoro-style decorated masks made an appearance.

Meanwhile, Emporio Armani went back to the future for its latest menswear collection.

The look: muted tones, clean lines, lots of eyewear, pleats, geometric patterns – and that trademark Armani blue.

Modern in every sense, the collection made use of innovative new materials and manufacturing techniques to deliver a range of hybrid fabrics and styles.

Combining cotton and viscose made for a luminous, futuristic fabric.

Lots of zips, not a button in sight and invisible seams, thanks to heat adhesion or welding.

A far cry from the handmade tailoring of the past, this is fashion for the future.