Colour lights up Milan men's catwalks

Flashes of colour lit up the catwalks at the Milan men's fashion shows this week, where eco-chic urbanites and check patterned shirts ruled the day.

Winding up the four-day event Tuesday, Giorgio Armani sent out an "urban and solar" man sporting a chic line that never verged on tedious.

Unsurprisingly for Armani, beige, black and white dominated the show, but touches of yellow and Chartreuse green on pouches, belts, ties, shoes and even sunglasses brightened up the spring-summer 2011 collection.

With the sun in mind, cardigans were sometimes worn over bare skin, supplanting shirts and often leaving midriffs exposed.

Armani was also on trend with gingham checks, popular in the 50s and 60s and seeing a comeback in Milan this week, but used them sparingly as pants or jackets, never covering the entire body.

Models shod in sandals and braided moccasins had black eye-makeup like vampires out of the Twilight saga.

At DSquared2, the twin designers killed off slim pants, fielding instead a series of 80s-era rock'n'roll jeans with edgy cuts in a monochrome palette of black through to white.

Winks at a luxury yacht lifestyle came with navy blue blazers with big gilt buttons, while the fashion house's nightlife apparel included a midnight-blue shirt paired with aviator sunglasses.

Also flashing out colour for summer attention-seekers was a skimpy green-and-white-striped speedo and an outfit made up of apple-green shorts, sky-blue shirt and pink jacket.

Iceberg, offering urban styles ranging from skater to sailor, put the emphasis on the neck, with ubiquitous V-neck sweaters and ultra-light scarves, which dotted or striped, seem to be the must-have accessory for summer 2011.

Leather jackets echoed eco-friendly themes at other brands, as discreet greens and beiges, whites and greys dominated the show.

Many of Italy's fashion giants embraced green themes and eco-chic this season, laying grass on walkways and wrapping models in eco-friendly fabrics and plant and animal motifs.

Setting the tone, Dolce & Gabbana titled its show "Luncheon on the Grass" after Manet's masterwork and had birds chirping as models strolled down a grassy catwalk, carrying leather bags stuffed with vegetables and baguettes.

Flowers, shades of green, and rope-soled shoes were ubiquitous, as were checkered patterns in red, blue or green reminiscent of the 1950s.

Etro, too, had models wafting down a lawn runway in light cotton, soy and nylon fabrics stamped with Indian patterns and Celtic embroidery. Earthy colours dominated, with greens and khakis and exotic plant prints inspired by the Amazonian rainforest.

Gucci went a step further, presenting jet-set hunter lookalikes clad in leather and snakeskin like their prey with colours in natural blues, greys and earth hues.

Instead of ties, Frida Giannini, the house designer, went for soy scarves in flower patters and necklaces in coral or horn.

Ermenegildo Zegna, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, stuck to its classical style but toyed with details: a yoke of leather on shirt collars, a small foulard around the neck and Pete Doherty-style hats, all in sober shades of camel, light blue and grey.

Contrasting with the cheery eco-chic, a note of sadness hung over the shows following Friday's apparent suicide of iconic Burberry model Tom Nicon, a 22-year-old Frenchman who fell out of a fourth floor window in Milan.

His death was the latest in a string of tragedies on the fashion scene. Last November South Korean model Daul Kim was found hanged in Paris at the age of 20 and in April 24-year-old Ambrose Olsen, 24, was found dead in New York.

Star British designer Alexander McQueen took his own life in February aged 40.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Recruitment Genius: Technical Author / Multimedia Writer

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This recognized leader in providing software s...

    Recruitment Genius: Clinical Lead / RGN

    £40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

    Recruitment Genius: IT Sales Consultant

    £35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...

    Recruitment Genius: Works Engineer

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...

    Day In a Page

    Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

    How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

    Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
    Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

    'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

    In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
    Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

    The Arab Spring reversed

    Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
    King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

    Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

    Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
    Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

    Who is Oliver Bonas?

    It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
    Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

    Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

    However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
    60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

    60 years of Scalextric

    Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
    Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

    Why are we addicted to theme parks?

    Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
    Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

    Iran is opening up again to tourists

    After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
    10 best PS4 games

    10 best PS4 games

    Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
    Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

    Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

    Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
    Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

    ‘Can we really just turn away?’

    Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
    Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

    Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

    ... and not just because of Isis vandalism
    Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

    Girl on a Plane

    An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
    Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

    Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

    The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent