The Fall 2011 men’s collections in Milan kicked off this season’s fashion shows, and there were many stand-out moments.
Burberry (left) and Jil Sander (right) Milan Fall 2011
Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum collection and Raf Simons’ Jil Sander shows were bursting with succulent colors – orange, green, blue, red, fuchsia – offering vibrant twists on classic menswear. For those not up to wearing a bright yellow suit or an orange coat, options also included popping hues peeking out of sweater collars. Fur is also worth singling out, as it played a part in a number of shows including Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermanno Scervino, Alexander McQueen, and Roberto Cavalli. At Burberry, fur adorned coat collars as well as full outerwear looks and, lest we forget, fur also made its way onto the runway on a reoccurring basis via hats.
Alexander McQueen (left) and Roberto Cavalli (right) Milan Fall 2011
The Milan shows had a clear dichotomy, however, between those that went for glammed up looks, like Roberto Cavalli who worked 1970s style into his menswear (think long hair, bell bottoms, neck ties, and suede), and brands like Marni who opted for a more disheveled, laid-back, easy-to-wear look, even when showing suiting. Also noteworthy for its ’70s flare was the Frida Gianinni-designed Gucci collection which included flared pants and retro prints.
Marni (left) and Gucci (right) Milan Fall 2011
The military trend was still going strong over at Alexander McQueen, Z Zegna, and Costume National, while Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana got playful with their commercial Fall 2011 D&G collection (think bright hues and a “Drink Coca Cola” sweater). As for their higher end Dolce & Gabbana collection, it was sharp and crisply tailored for the most part with pops of stripes, red, and vintage-inspired tees. Similarly, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ports 1961, Bottega Veneta, and Giorgio Armani mixed wearable, everyday looks and suiting with fabric innovations, unique patterns, and pops of color.
D&G (left), Dolce & Gabbana (middle), and Costume National (right) Milan Fall 2011
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