Men's fashion week in Milan: what comes, what stays, and what goes
Monday 21 June 2010
With the shows wrapping up in Milan June 22, here are some of the most important trends from part one of men's fashion season.
Skinny jeans have been one of the past decade's most popular wardrobe staples, even though men didn't seem to be as enthusiastic about them as their better halves. Now, they could be paying them back, but not just with a simple, tight-denim leg cloth, but with something even more daring: the man jegging. Fashionista and The Cut have both confirmed the onset of a new era of flexible-waistband jeans leggings for guys, if you like it or not. Versace, Emporio Armani, and John Varvatos all presented versions of the trend, and Burberry even made skintight leather pants for fashion-forward bikers.
Next year's fellows will still be troopers, wearing safari-inspired clothes in 'desert' hues, as seen at Salvatore Ferragamo's show, for instance. Trend indicator and success garantor Burberry's epauletted coats hinted at the military trend far from being over.
The metrosexual man. Last season already foreshadowed the return of the manly man, with many designers opting for healthier, more muscular models. But while many creations stayed stereotypical back then (Dolce & Gabbana had opted for bare chests and outfits inspired by manly clichés including cowboys and mafia bosses, Dsquared² even smeared their models with fake blood as if they had just escaped a fist fight), translated the masculinity into something more wearable, such as Calvin Klein's chino pants and bomber jackets. And fashion already has a word for this 'old new' phenomenon: retrosexual.
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