Our 5 favourite collections from Milan Menswear Spring 2017

While London is known for its liveliness and creativity, Milan is more about classic styles and elegant menswear designs. Taking inspiration from Parisian haute couture, Italy’s capital has slowly developed its own fashion circle, focused on smart and tailored garments accompanied by high quality fabrics.

Interestingly, this year, Milan’s menswear shows looked to their own past for a more art-centric collection. Italian-based designers are starting to be more creative by combining art with fashion, creating pieces that are not only wearable, but also spectacular to display.

Fresh off Milan’s runways, we highlight our five favourite shows which truly showcase Italian fashion’s creative artistry.

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Gucci – Traveller’s desire fulfilled

Revolving around the notion of travel, Gucci’s menswear this season is all rich royal silk robes and intricate embroidery that take inspiration from different cultures from around the world.

Highlights include the all-American Donald Duck embroidery on the Maison’s iconic Princetown slipper (which we predict, is bound to sell out), as well as Chinese’s dragon and cheongsam references, and tiger and koi brocade detailing.



Raf Simons – Art meets fashion

While Gucci’s Michele channeled his art in the form of whimsical embroidery and brocade details, Raf Simons approach was much more pragmatic and toned down.

Earlier this year, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation approached Simons for a collaboration, the results of which we are seeing here. Knits are either slouchy, or cropped with a boxy fit while shirts with oversized sleeves and longer hems were seen on the runway — all in Mapplethorpe’s photographs.



Moschino – L.A. flower power

Combining his Resort collection with his men’s show, Jeremy Scott’s approach to art and fashion added a Los Angeles influence with a cultural twist.

Oversized page boy caps and flared bottoms à la seventies were spotted either in bold tiger stripes or ethnic print. Indian reflective mirrors were also used on the pullovers. Whimsical florals (taking us back to his Barbie collection), were printed on almost everything in the later part of the collection.



Prada – Age of apocalypse 

It seems as though Miuccia Prada’s take on menswear this season was about war and apocalyptic escape, with models clad in vibrant nylon parkas wearing backpacks, giving the illusion of a parachuter about to make his escape.

The parkas and windbreakers were either brightly coloured, metallic or printed with weather patterns; perhaps to be easily spotted by rescuers? Sandals worn over socks resembled safety boots, while spare shoes were hung onto backpacks, in what could be interpreted as both a practical and fashionable back-up.



Fendi – Faces of Picasso

Fendi’s moodboard inspiration this season for menswear was centred on one of the greatest artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso. Paying tribute to Picasso’s fascination with terry cloth (something always neglected), Silvia Venturini was sure to inject the material into the coats and striped t-shirts on the runway.

The collection also showcased a good deal of Surrealism, a cultural movement Picasso was heavily involved in. This translated into patchworks on t-shirts and polo shirts resembling peaches and striped apples.