After Pitti Uomo in Florence, the menswear circuit heads to Milan for a whirlwind three-day fashion weekend that features some of the biggest brands in the world.
Milan is different from Florence in almost every sense — different weather, different architecture, different food — and that carries over to the fashion, both among locals and outside of fashion shows. If the looks were more classic and toned down in Florence, there’s definitely been an infusion of colour in Milan, although still to a lesser extent than during previous seasons.
One of the most interesting, and noticeable, trends thus far has been the return of neckties, often worn in a more relaxed manner — say with an untucked shirt and a bomber jacket.
Corduroy has also been a constant on the street. Full disclosure: I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of a pair of brown corduroy pants while shooting the shows, so perhaps it’s a case of confirmation bias, but from trousers to blazers to outerwear, the luxuriously soft yet durable fabric has been a favourite among show goers. And not only does it offer warmth, but it adds a touch of texture to outfits.
When it comes to texture, corduroy is just one layer — literally. Given the weather — damp and hovering around zero celsius — the layers have been piled on. That means less in the way of classic winter outerwear and more mid-layers, knits, shirting, and light outerwear, often combined together in threes or fours.