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Men in touch with their feminine side at Milan Fashion Week

Men in touch with their feminine side at Milan Fashion Week
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Milan Fashion Week is in full swing.

Among the more laid-back designers, Missoni had the urban surfer in mind with colours and textures inspired by coastlines.

“The man of this show is inspired by those young surfers that live in urban contexts, in big cities, but they escape in the morning early, at sunrise, to seek the perfect wave and then come back to work in the city,” said Angela Missoni.

Missoni’s man wakes early and pulls on a heavy sweater and knit sweat pants, slips his feet into a pair of wool-lined sandals and heads to the beach to catch the waves before a day at the office.

For the office, he can pair his knit pants or chords with a close-fitting top, worn with a knit jacket for a relaxed, yet functional office-ready look.

Sea life motifs by a Milan-based graphic design studio were printed onto fabric for anoraks and jackets: jellyfish and octopus appeared almost floral.

Miuccia Prada turned her designer’s eye toward avant-garde European theater of the late Seventies and early Eighties for inspiration, employing light and sometimes transparent fabrics and knits for her upcoming menswear collection.

The show also featured women, wearing paper-light leather dresses, long sheer skirts with floor-skimming boas, and furs.

The ultra-feminine look in mensclothes already seen at London Fashion Week was also present here, with pullover vests in quilted technical fabric, furs, silk scarves, and even a rich fur overcoat.

Shoes were sturdily soled, and accessories included a leather camera bag and satchel.

English designer John Richmond paid tribute to the late Lou Reed and his underground black on black style.

The overall mood of the collection was decidedly masculine, with sartorial suits, leather bomber jackets, quilted jackets with leather pants, and pullover sweatshirts with optical flair.

“The collection, you know, this year is lots of shades of black, a lot of black. But the work is focusing on more handmade, trying to find new techniques,” said John Richmond.