Highlights From Pitti Uomo’s Biannual Trade Show

Featuring highlights from the Tim Coppens guest show to veteran designer Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall/Winter 2017 presentation, Pitti Uomo continues to be one of the world’s most important platforms for men’s clothing and accessory collections. Designers, along with fashion reporters, gather at the biannual menswear trade show held in Florence to launch new collections or projects and to flaunt their best street style. The shift from traditional menswear to more eclectic offerings was most evident this season. Here is a roundup of some of the collections:

Photo Credit: Tommy Hilfiger

TOMMY HILFIGER

After a successful collaboration with Gigi Hadid and his See Now, Buy Now showing at New York Fashion Week, veteran American designer Tommy Hilfiger hosted an exclusive presentation during Pitti Uomo to showcase the Fall 2017 Hilfiger Edition collection on January 10th, 2017.

“I am very proud to be presenting my menswear collections at Pitti Immagine Uomo,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Since I first launched my brand in 1985, menswear has been a key part of the Tommy Hilfiger brand. Men’s fashion is really having a moment right now, and it’s great to be here at Pitti — one of the greatest platforms in the world for menswear designers — to celebrate the growth and achievements of the men’s fashion world.”

Hilfiger Edition pays homage to Tommy Hilfiger’s storied menswear heritage, with time-honoured classics reimagined for today. The designer also showcased looks from Tommy Hilfiger Tailored and the Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collections all under one roof.

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TIM COPPENS 

Tim Coppens showed his namesake label’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection at Pitti Uomo.  The American designer displayed both men’s and women’s looks on the runway. These included everything from plaid and functional sportswear to a sneak peak at his sneakers for the Under Armour UAS line, of which he is executive creative director.

Z Zegna 

The game of fashion musical chairs last year included designer Alessandro Sartori back at the helm of the Italian luxury giant Ermenegildo Zegna Group as Artistic Director. For his Z Zegna F/W ’17 presentation at Pitti, the designer looked to the ski-slopes for inspiration. The collection included skiwear, shearling jackets, and other sportswear staples.

Photo Credit: F.Y!

Ordinary People 

Ordinary People, launched in 2011, is designed by Korean designer Jang Hyeong-Cheol, who brought his label to Pitti Uomo and took part of the Concept Korea event. We recently featured The Best Of Seoul Fashion Week ss 17 and it helped to introduce us to the many talented designers Korea has to offer. Jang Hyeong-Cheol has now been added to the list.

This collection featured many coats that I am now coveting and have begun saving for. Jang Hyeong-Cheol showcased a layering of edgy and luxury pieces that were done to perfection for Fall/Winter 2017. There was nothing ordinary about this collection.

Photo Credit: Vogue Runway

Sansovino 6

Another brand designed by an American that generated a lot of buzz during Pitti is Ohio native Edward Buchanan’s knitwear brand, Sansovino 6. For his runway show, which featured our friend and first issue cover model Stacey McKenzie, the designer served up the many possibilities of knitwear.

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On Our Radar: Five Designers to Watch

1. Design Duo: Parris Gordon and Chloe Gordon

Beaufille SS16

Up-and-coming Toronto design duo Beaufille was founded by sisters Parris and Chloe Gordon in 2013 as a line of luxury artisanal womenswear and jewelry. The name Beaufille translates to “handsome girl” and symbolizes the contrast between masculine and feminine elements. With that combination of hard and soft, sisters Chloe and Parris seek to challenge the gender norms of todays society. The Gordon sisters are the recipients of the 2015 Canadian Art and Fashion Awards (CAFA), Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, in the category of Accessories. http://www.beaufille.com

 2. Huishan Zhang

Huishan Zhang SS16

Zhang was born and raised in Qingdao, China before moving to London to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He has already worked for the iconic heritage brand The House of Dior, in the leather goods branch as well as Dior’s Haute Couture Atelier.

Huishan finds inspiration and direction through his personal identity embracing a sense of Eastern meets Western attempting to portray romanticism and sophistication with feminine details. In September 2014 Huishan was named by the Business of Fashion as one of 500 individuals that shape the Global Fashion Industry. Huishan Zhang debut at London Fashion Week in September 2012 and has continued to refer to LFW as his home base ever since. http://www.huishanzhang.com/about-1/

3. Design Duo: Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg

Area SS16

This design duo met while studying at Parsons School, pursuing their Master in Fashion Design and Society. Each of them had different backgrounds as Piotrek Panszczyk, Polish-born and raised in Holland, studied fashion at the Artez Institute of the Arts; and Beckett Fogg initially studied Architectural Design at The University of Virginia. On top of their differences, the duo found each other and was able to build a signature based on similar aesthetic vision. Piotrek has worked for names like Chloe and Calvin Klein but in 2013 reconnected with Fogg to create what is now their label, “Area”. http://area.nyc

4. Misha Nonoo

Misha Nonoo SS16

The Misha Nonoo brand lives by no other motto than its philosophy of taking women from “day to play”. The idea behind is that women should be able to “embrace their femininity while pursuing their goals” and holds unyielding in Misha’s heart. Having experienced multiple different cultural episodes throughout her life – she was born in Bahrain and raised in London – Misha explains that her upbringing is the reason for her obsession with diversity. “Progressive yet classic silhouettes with smart yet sexy details” is how one describes the creations of Misha Nonoo. http://mishanonoo.com

5. Tim Coppens

Tim Coppens SS16

Graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium-born Tim Coppens now is a New Yorkbased designer who seeks to combine the components of craftsmanship, tailoring. and athleticism. Coppens inspiration derives from the energy that resides within the city lifestyle and street culture. That “pulse that feels the present and the future.”

In 2013 the Tim Coppens brand was recognized by Fashion Group International receiving the Rising Star of the Year award. One year later he took home the Council of Fashion Designers of America Swarovski Award for “Menswear Designer of the Year” and earlier this week announced that he will take on the role of Executive Creative Director for sportswear brand Under Armour. http://www.timcoppens.com