Although we’ve seen the creeping influence of streetwear at Pitti Uomo for several years now, the eponymous tradeshow’s 96th edition felt like a long-overdue reconciliation between the warring institutions of sprezzatura and street. Clare Waight Keller’s S/S 2020 show for Givenchy — staged at the palatial grounds of the Villa Palmieri — contemplated sartorial dress codes in the dramatically fluid context of 2019; whereas Paul Andrew — Salvatore Ferragamo’s newest Creative Director — infused the spirit of Italian tailoring into a debut men’s collection that leaned heavily into technology and workwear.

Still, on the cobblestones surrounding the Fortezza da Basso, the atmosphere felt reassuringly classic — though admittedly much more informal than previous Pittis. Tailoring dyed in shades of taupe, beige and ochre was a popular choice among the various buyers, photographers, and peacocks in attendance. Ties and suits made their customary appearance during Day 1 of the tradeshow but — in no small part due to Florence’s 37-degree heat — gave way over the course of several days to a loucher aesthetic. From all-denim-everything to a seeming resurgence of the shirt jacket, these are some of our favourite looks plucked from the streets of Pitti Uomo 96.

Randy Lai
Editor
Having worked in the Australian digital media landscape for over 5 years, Randy has extensive experience in men's specialist categories such as classic clothing, watches and spirits. He is partial to mid-century chronographs and a nice chianti.