Milan Men’s Fashion Week dresses up for post-Covid excursions

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Milan (AFP) – Tailored frock coats, bow ties and exuberant colors graced the leak as Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi both dreamed up more glamorous post-pandemic wardrobes for their fall/winter collections during Men’s Fashion Week. Milano.

Designer Silvia Venturini Fendi was inspired by the dandy of the 1920s during her fashion house’s show on Saturday, punctuating the refinement with touches of eccentricity.

The shows that were still going on embraced a wardrobe suitable for post-pandemic excursions Miguel MEDINAAFP

Blazers were turned into capes, knitwear featured prominent chest cutouts, and accessories got flashy.

The collection also aimed for a more fluid take on typically gendered clothing, with wide-leg pants turning into half-skirts.

Silvia Venturini Fendi is inspired by the dandy of the 20s, while punctuating the refinement with touches of eccentricity
Silvia Venturini Fendi is inspired by the dandy of the 20s, while punctuating the refinement with touches of eccentricity Miguel MEDINAAFP

“We women wear men’s jackets, I don’t see why they couldn’t take inspiration from our wardrobe,” said the designer, granddaughter of the founders of the Italian fashion house.

During the show of the Sicilian duo Dolce & Gabbana, casual and sartorial styles mixed to celebrate the return to the great outdoors.

Fendi's Men's Fall/Winter collection also aimed for a more fluid interpretation of typically gendered clothing.
Fendi’s Men’s Fall/Winter collection also aimed for a more fluid interpretation of typically gendered clothing. Miguel MEDINAAFP

Designed to appeal to a younger generation, the show featured rap and punk music orchestrated by Machine Gun Kelly.

Models wore loose coats in leopard or zebra prints, white beaded suits or tight pants and tuxedos with wide shoulders and a cinched waist.

Others were wrapped in thick, oversized, brightly colored puffer jackets or eco-friendly furs, ready to brave the winter chill on post-Covid excursions.

Dolce & Gabbana models wrapped in brightly colored oversized puffer jackets, ready to brave the winter chill on post-Covid excursions
Dolce & Gabbana models wrapped in brightly colored oversized puffer jackets, ready to brave the winter chill on post-Covid excursions Miguel MEDINAAFP

And like at Fendi, the skirt is part of the men’s wardrobe, the designer duo citing the ability of young people to choose their clothes freely, without worrying about gender.

Both shows went ahead despite the disruption wrought across Europe by the booming Omicron variant, which curtailed the fashion week schedule.

The Sicilian duo mixed casual and sartorial styles to celebrate the return to the great outdoors
The Sicilian duo mixed casual and sartorial styles to celebrate the return to the great outdoors Miguel MEDINAAFP

After Giorgio Armani announced his withdrawal, the number of physical shows fell from 23 to 16. Eighteen brands opted for a purely virtual presence, while others presented their collections by appointment.

Still, those who have gone forward, like Dsquared2 on Friday, have embraced the return to the podium.

In their first live show in two years – attended by soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic – the Canadian twins behind the brand presented a festival of bright yellows, pinks, reds and blues alongside floral designs, sequins and crystal embroidery.

The designer duo cited young people's ability to freely choose their clothes, regardless of gender
The designer duo cited young people’s ability to freely choose their clothes, regardless of gender Miguel MEDINAAFP

With a glimmer of hope and plenty of excitement, Dsquared2’s globetrotting styles were a snap to get out of the cocoon and off on a long-awaited journey.

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