A/W 11/12: Milan mens fashion week

by Andrew

The Shoe

At Burberry Prorsum, the models wore super shiny boots, shoes and tasseled loafers each with beautifully severe, deep tread soles. The zip closure coupled with the almost patent leather gives this utilitarian classic, luxe appeal.

The Fabric

Following on from Spring/Summer’s splash of colour, Raf Simons at Jil Sander brings a palette of almost neon hues set against the house’s traditional black/navy/grey base. But what really stood out was Simons’ use of quilted nylon on outerwear, sweatshirts and t-shirts. How someone can make the widely disparaged queen of synthetic fibres (great for protection, bags – sure,but almost always looks rubbish as garments) look covetable and luxurious is amazing.

The Colour Mix

Marni, the brand specialising in making high-end look effortless caught my eye with this quite muted and almost too perfect mix of khaki green, indigo and black. I like the styling too, in this mix of art school-meets-postman-meets-bin man.

The Vest

Mark McNairy taking over from Daiki Suzuki for Woolrich Woolen Mills showing a great looking vest which wouldn’t look out of place in the Metropolitan Police service locker room as opposed to during hunting season in a generic North American forest. The wide strap, unadorned body and cropped length are all features which make this a great piece for layering next winter. Veering away from the Americana styling, I’d prefer to see it worn more simply with crisp shirting and plain trousers for a minimal look with a tough edge.