Milan Fashion Week Men’s S/S 2019
Fashion takes inspiration from urban style with explicit references to the sport world. Vivid colours and printed woven fabric for a man who loves comfort and practicality and not only elegance.
Last June the 18th, spotlights switched off on the latest edition of Milan Fashion Week Men’s, the international fashion parade that, every season, recalls thousands of visitors and buyers from all around the world and dictate the rules in matter of man trends and style for the incoming Spring/Summer 2019.
This edition, that, as usual, saw the alternance on the catwalk of many Italian famous fashion houses presenting their vision of the man for the next warm season 2019, reserved many surprises and novelties.
The first one, maybe the most innovative was the presence of some designers who took the opportunity of this men’s fashion event to present their female collection. Among them, we can not mentioning a big name of the world fashion panorama such as Alberta Ferretti, who next to her personal collection, also presented in preview the new uniforms of the Alitalia flight attendants: nice, sober fresh wool suits in blue tonality (the colour characterising Italy with its sky and its blue sea) with the logo A (logo of the flight company) engraved on gold buttons.
Interviewed in occasion of the official presentation of the new Alitalia uniforms, she told that they must be a badge of honour for all the attendants wearing them, a symbol of the Italian creativity and elegance in the world.
Starting by these uniforms, Alberta Ferretti has then created a sort of “capsule collection” dedicated to Alitalia with t-shirts and sweaters indicating the brand of the company, like the one worn by the fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni at the Milano Man Fashion Week.
The second innovation characterizing this edition of the Milan Fashion Week and representing the trait d’union of almost all the collections presented by fashion designers was the coming back to large clothes, typical of 80’s and 90’s.
Almost all the fashion designers have imagined a man who loves comfort and practicality and, for this reason wears large trousers combined on large shirts and double-breasted jackets, long overcoats and bombers.
There is a coming back to “urban style” and the man crosses the catwalk so as he crosses the street. He must feel at ease, practical and adequate in any situation he will face. High-waisted trousers are newly fashion, better if sustained by braces like the ones proposed by king Giorgio Armani or combined on a t-shirt to keep inside, like the ones presented by Dolce & Gabbana.
Comfort must be expressed also at the feet! So, welcome back to sneakers both for man and for woman, as suggested by Donatella Versace or by Roberto Cavalli, worn on long trousers so as on shorts accompanied by overcoats or light jackets. Giorgio Armani, on the contrary, and Dolce & Gabbana too, opt for more elegant shoes. Still, Dolce & Gabbana don’t disdain more sporty shoes for the casual outfit.
Black leather, typical of 80’s will be newly fashionable next Summer 2019, both for man and for woman, as suggested by Prada who uses it in a classic way, proposing suede overcoats, or as dictated by Donatella Versace who lets the man of the next spring-summer 2019 wear black leather trousers and dresses her guest star Bella Hadid with a mini dress in black leather enriched by flounces. Dsquared 2 too, enriches his collection with leather clothes.
Next to leather, another element that, according to the latest fashion parades, has come in fashion is the pinstripes. Many fashion designers have chosen it for their creations. Roberto Cavalli proposes dark suits with silver pinstripe enhancing the style and giving the suit itself more elegance. Classic pinstripe is also adopted by Donatella Versace for the double-breasted jacket combined on denim jeans or for the whole suit, but always to wear on sneakers. Dolce & Gabbana too let wear their version of pinstripes suit to a world-known guest star, Naomi Campbell. The same is for Giorgio Armani’s collection that, among its creations for the male wear style of the next warm season, also includes pinstripes details.
Looking at the latest Milano Man Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2019, we can notice another important element joining almost all the Italian Fashion houses: the use of the bag as determining element for a successful style. Many big names of the Italian fashion panorama, in fact, let their models cross the catwalk with shoulder bags, travel bags, clutches, totes, and backpacks at their side, don’t care if worn across the body, as a classic shoulder bag or hand-held thanks to the handles. Leather or fabric made, the bag is the uncontested protagonist of the male look for the next summer 2019.
If Ermenegildo Zegna sees the man of the next warm season as a practical and comfortable bag who needs to have everything by his side and, for this reason needs a roomy bag looking like a travel bag, the one proposed by Versace is more minimal; he can wear a tote so as a clutch, maybe provided with gold chain and worn across the body, as it were a small belt bag.
According to what proposed by Dolce & Gabbana, the bag, if present, is a medium size pochette where the man can insert his documents and everything he considers essential for his beauty and comfort. The same is for Roberto Cavalli but, this time, the man doesn’t clasp his bag in hand, but it wears it across the body.
Fendi enriches the man look of the next spring-summer 2019 with different styles of bags: totes, shoulder bags, belt bags, travel bags, ruck packs and bucket bags. Many times, the Fendi man wears two bags: a small bag across the body and a big bag in hand, maybe to feel more comfortable and at his ease.
Held in hand or worn on the shoulder or across the body, the bag must be roomy and practical also for the man branded Giorgio Armani, made in black leather or in fabric but always in tone with the man style.
The woman proposed by Alberta Ferretti wears big, comfortable shoulder bags during the day, while, for the evening look, the bag could be also omitted.
If the leather is, next to printed fabrics the main protagonists of these latest fashion collections, what can we say about exotic leather? Has it been taken in consideration by Italian stylists in occasion of the presentation of their male collections for the next spring summer 2019?
The answer is YES!
Many Italian stylists have been inspired by savage nature and landscapes for their collections and many printed fabrics, such as the ones used by Roberto Cavalli, just reproduce a zebra-striped or speckled effect.
However, among the Italian masters of fashion, there is one who primarily gives importance to exotic, to python in particular: Donatella Versace. Some among her man and woman dresses are entirely realized with what seems printed python leather in shiny red or shiny Roccia tonality. Every element of the man/woman look is exclusively made in printed python skin: skirts, huts, trousers, overcoats and clutch. The model dressed by Versace is entirely covered with python, from head to toes. However, also when the look is not 100% realized with python skin, python is used for the small clutch to wear with pride across the body, thanks to the small chain strap.
“Python effect” trousers are also adopted by Cavalli in his younger collection “Just Cavalli”, while the man branded “Roberto Cavalli” wears genuine python booties on feet.
And what colours will dominate the man look of the next spring summer 2019?
Black will be certainly the Must colour of the season for Dolce & Gabbana who let their guest-star, the actress Monica Bellucci cross the catwalk just wearing a total black suit, even if the two Sicilian stylists don’t disdain more vivid tonalities, such as brilliant green, pink, ivory, yellow, coquelicot red, gold, white and sky-blue.
The same strong shades are also approved by Ermenegildo Zegna, while the man dress code proposed by Versace and Cavalli is more characterized by printed phantasy multicolour fabric.
Typic “Armani style” are the tonalities of Giorgio’s collection for the next spring-summer 2019: white, grey, blue, with some touch of more vivid tones such as sky-blue, violet-red and lavanda.