Milan is the name and graphics are the game! This spring, designers brought the same precision to classic, tailored looks that we expected. However, graphics distinguished their pieces this year. While these details allude to fun and vibrancy for the coming fall and winter months, what they also do is indicate a theme or attitude that the brand is trying to convey aside from the pieces themselves. Here are the highlights from Milan Men’s Fashion Week!
Prada’s futuristic theme paid homage to old and recent comic books. The setting had a comic strip mural wrapped around the venue. The models sported multiple looks, each one showing a unique way of showcasing the theme. A truly unexpected show from the brand and definitely a main standout from Milan this season.
Fendi is known to use small, random style graphics in their pieces. This season, a desk light was repeatedly seen. The random embellishment placed over muted colour stories and and oversized pieces added depth to the looks and brought playful detailing to what could otherwise could have been seen as a more understated collection from the brand.
The use of graphics and patterns was nothing short of what’s expected from Versace. Nevertheless, the collection had a superb mixture of patterns and pieces with colourful images that looked exceptionally vibrant against the dark and edgy, black pieces. The use of graphics added an element of fierce confidence.
RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL
The all-American Ralph Lauren shook things up (slightly) in his Ralph Lauren Purple Label as he played up the Tour De Ralph theme, while still staying true to his red, white, and blue combinations. Graphics were used to play on the athleisure theme, which was placed on some very tailored and old-school varsity type pieces.
Dsquared2 is always known to have standout, fashion-forward pieces. This season, they did not disappoint and played up contrasting pieces to create a shocking and unique look. The brand contrasted the very edgy leather pieces theme by adding Hawaiian, floral, and colourful graphics, which allowed each individual piece to standalone. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the brand took inspiration from envisioning Edward Scissor Hands going on a beach day!
Resort season is one of the most overlooked seasons in the fashion world. While fashion lovers around the world pine for spring, pre-fall, and fall collections, resort seems to fall behind in the eyes of the fashion community year in and year out. Luckily, this season, it seems that designers around the globe were bitten by a creative bug and produced some of the most successful and innovative resort collections to date. And the best thing about fresh and innovative design is that it pushes new trends forward, giving fashion aficionados around the world new inspiration that breathes life into their cold weather wardrobes.
The Printed Knee-High
Now, to some (I’m talking to you private and Catholic school girls), knee-high socks are the bane of humanity. They’re fussy, tend to always fall or roll down. and generally come in either black, navy, grey, or whatever ridiculous hue of maroon or mustard your school colours were. But don’t dismiss this posh staple just yet. This season’s knee-high stocking was more than just an accessory. Unlike their academic sisters, the knee-highs at high fashion houses Prada, Thom Browne, and Gucci came in printed patterns and interesting hues. Marrying the traditional sock with blogger-it-girl street style, they transformed the good old scholastic knee-high sock into one of the most in-demand accessories of the season.
Shades of (Navy) Blue
Resort and cruise collections are created with the sole purpose of giving high-fashion clientele luxurious options for their jet-set vacations. Instead of throwing on a gauzy sarong, resort collections offer up the option of opting for luxe ensembles made especially for the warm summer months, the yacht, or the country estate. And it seems as if the designers visited the same luxurious and exotic locations as their clients when they designed their collections. No colour seems to have popped up during resort season more than deep ocean blue and nowhere else was it used better than at Pringle of Scotland, Delpozo, and Versace. Rich and luxurious shades of indigo and navy dominated the design landscape, creating daydreams of the deep blue oceans that surround the world’s most heavenly rivieras.
Mix and Match Rock & Roll
Back in the days before rock music began influencing fashion, one could be called out or even ousted from social circles if they chose to sport a particular rock clique attire for the sake of style. It was a rock & roll travesty to merely wear a studded leather jacket for the sake of looking punk or a Slayer t-shirt because you wanted to look like a metalhead. Fast forward a few decades and the walls of music (and fashion) have come down. It’s no longer a sin to want to mix and match styles from the various eras and genres of rock music around the world. Designers took that notion into full account this season. At Mugler, I’M Isola Marras, and Acne Studio, rock saw its various style meshed with one another to create a perfect cacophony of textures, layers, and colours. Punk mesh was mixed with grungy florals, while oversized blazers were paired with pop rock hoodies and eyeliner, and goth trenches were paired with clean Bowie-esque slacks, giving a new look to the traditional rock ensemble.
Green With Envy
Emerald, pea green, evergreen, mint, lime, avocado: It doesn’t matter what your favourite colour of green is because you don’t have to choose this season. From the look of it, green seems to be the next big trend in colour right after navy blue. At Vivetta, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Vionnet, green played a vital role and added a fresh and crisp summer look to many of the garments in the collections. Taking the designers’ resort wear from regular vacation attire to bright and exotic à la Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy’s in Versace. And what woman wouldn’t want to have her own JLo moment?
Rock & Roll Florals
Resort 2018 seemed to be the season of turning tradition on its head. At Badgley Mischka, Preen by Thorton Bergazzi, and MSGM, florals were placed front and centre. But these weren’t your average florals. This season’s floral called for something a little out of the box. Instead of having the same old soft and summery pastel florals, the designers opted for prints that brought a little edge into the mix. Dark background colours added to the pops of crimson, teal, and gold that wound around one another to create florals that were a little more ’80s glam rock than garden party pristine. Making these prints the perfect mould breaker for a fashion lover who wants to go somewhere a little darker and a little harder with their pretty petaled prints.
This season, Milan Fashion Week continued its legacy of bringing sensuality and glamour to the fashion world. Italy’s fashion capital echoed the trends of London and New York in that there is a nostalgia still present, yet also brought its own trends to the table.
No doubt now that the 80s are the decade of the moment.
Both pink and yellow are the favourites, but going monochrome in any bold colour will be great next season.
Yes, fashion is still obsessed with shoulders. Wear yours proud. Loud and proud!
With the 80s in full force, it is no wonder that a structured jacket will be your go-to item.
Again, 80s! Hard to escape!
Summary from Milan then, go 80s. Full 80s. Be it the glamorous side or the Jane Fonda aerobics side, you can’t really go wrong with a nod to the era of George Michael and leg warmers. Also, cheers for shoulder pads!
Style stars and attendees decorate the streets outside shows on-the-go, and street style is now a defined culture, created around the major fashion weeks around the world. While models on runways project the designer’s artistic vision in full, street style photographs capture individual personality and style. Worn and pieced together carefully by creative minds themselves, personal interpretation of each piece proves that fashion is indeed one’s chosen skin for a reason. It truly holds the power to speak one’s perspective, and that’s the beauty of it. These images embody transparent reflection of one’s true style, and it’s always something to appreciate in this fast world of fashion. A new wave of unique outfits were showcased this season, and we’ve rounded up a few trends along the way from Milan Men’s Fashion Week, to Paris Haute Couture Week. Novella has hand-picked a few ensembles to inspire the next step in your mix-and-match session. Which style do you love most, and what will we be seeing you in at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week next month?
Love for Layers
Contrasting hues and textures add another dimension to street style. We are seeing this trend in action all over the world outside fashion shows and in between Toronto’s alleyways. Here are three different looks done best.
Layering creates a whole new look with elevated textures. These ladies incorporated denim and contrasting materials like velvet and silk to complete their look, and it’s effortlessly beautiful.
A classic white shirt-dress layered with a contrasting red piece to construct an edgy, office to fashion show look. The pop of colours and crisp details draw the attention to clean-cut lines to this fun outfit.
This layering technique is the Chriselle Factor in full effect. This time for the Atelier Versace Couture show, she layered a Kalmanovich leather skirt over a Versace dress to create a sexy vibe with the mini dress to create a faux slit silhouette.
Who said silk pyjama shirts were reserved exclusively for the bedroom?
Margaret Zhang and Hanneli Mustaparta strut proudly in their comfy Prada ensembles after the Prada show at Milan Men’s Fashion Week. Who wore it best? Luxe vibes all around in this silk pyjama ensemble- perfect for front row seats in your living room couch or a Prada show.
A feminine touch to any form or fit. Ruffles made an appearance in all shapes in the streets this season!
Oxford green is a new colour that needs to make an appearance in your wardrobe.
We are seeing crisp detailing and twists to classic white shirts. Outfit envy for this boss lady look spotted at Paris Couture Week!
The Gucci Effect
Gucci– what comes to mind? Floral print, Princetown slippers, bows, or the classic tricolour combo? The Gucci effect of 2016 has arrived, and it’s forecasted to stay.
Garden capsule collection in action. The details on this painted denim paired with Princetown slippers- everything we love.
She’s rocking the full Gucci look her way, and there’s something to learn from this capture. Timeless pieces don’t die, and Gucci is the answer.
Plaid spotted in the middle of summer at Milan Men’s Fashion Week, capturing the traditional Gucci look.
The Chronicles of Her at Australian Fashion Week sporting the pink troupe l’œil dress. This statement look shouts girl power. Pleats, ruffles, low heels, and bows- objections?