Once known for its traditionalist reserve and array of impeccably sharp tailored contributions, each season we see MFW designers elevate their historic craft into the future, exemplifying the hyper-hybridised state of menswear today. This is largely due to the changing roster of presenters at MFW with younger, sportier, streetier brands like Palm Angels, Wood Wood and Neil Barrett (not forgetting the debut of Plein Sport) but also the development of the iconic Italian brands, the pillars of the country’s iconic prowess of tailoring. Zegna’s and Armani’s collections proved this fantastically with their slouchy fits, sporty-smart mashups and multi-fabric melanges. Ferragamo also followed suit (pun intended) with their contemporary array.
Here are PAUSE’s top 5 emerging trends from Milan Fashion Week:
A New Heritage
A clear heritage vibe can be pulled from the collections, seemingly inspired by Scottish highlands in the abundant checks (in many a rendition) and intermittent argyles. The cosy cable knits at Neil Barrett really emphasised this total look and, dare we say, trend.
Red & Orange
Popping out from the dominating moody jewel tones, greys and camels are the bedazzling forces of red and orange pigments. Continuing on from its prevalence in London, orange made its mark as hue du jour throughout the shows and in a mix of pared back rusts to punchy brights.
Trenches and Cinched Waists
Whether classic trench or more updated waisted looks, a belted middle has been major across the season so far, both in London and now in Milan.
The 2017 Explorer
The convergence of intrepid-styled, sportier outerwear and tailored looks has been a prominent theme. From Frankie Morello’s luxurious backpacking style to Thom Browne’s Moncler collection, which offered a characteristically eccentric and sensational take on extreme weather wares, new wardrobes for the great outdoors could be found all around. Emporio Armani fed us some arctic expressions, while Wood Wood showed us the most modern and wearable of the look.
The textural heaven that is velvet made for a luxurious addition to the collating A/W17 trends. Supported by other luxe fabrics like shorthaired fur and fluffy mohairs, the feels are evidently a big deal for next winter. Etro and Emporio Armani really hit home with the fabric while Fendi, No.21 and x provided equally satisfying tangible delights.