During the four-day menswear preview showings in Milan for summer 2013, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Prada all shined. And it is my great pleasure to recap all the upcoming trends that these fashion icons have displayed.
Donatella Versace definitely gave an amazing show opening with a bare chested male model rocking a gilded warrior belt, wrestling trunks and high-laced sandals. Throughout the whole show there were many men wearing these amazing t-shirts and beautiful crafted tunics with amazing embroidery. She perfectly matched wrestling trunks with these beautiful leather sandals. Just as well finished some of her looks with Roman inspired boxer robes as if to suggest wearing one of these as on overcoat. An idea I’m simply thrilled about!
Miuccia Prada definitely is the definition of beautifully crafted Italian men’s sportswear. The looks all seemed to have a play on a simple white band that defined the amazing construction of the beautiful pieces. The white band made its appearance on most of her pieces including t-shirts, shirts, jackets and overcoats. As the show went on the band started to get wider and change color. Which produced an amazing two-tone effect for the simple yet necessary polo shirts or the lapel of a jacket. All the while as footwear the amazingly designed flat leather sandal also sported the simple white band as a cross strap.
“Their vanity is stronger than their misery”, a quote from G. Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian author of “The Leopard”, was the quote printed on the invitation of the Dolce & Gabbana show. Their take on simplicity was matched with the 3 month long casting in which the creative duo decided to cast real men. All of the men ranging from the age of 12 to 43, seemed so at home with their simple trousers white t-shirts and black baseball hats. Which I think is a true testament to the direction the duo seems to be going. Shorts are still huge and really becoming the everyday uniform, paired with silk shirts, linen, light wools, and chiffon. And just as with Versace and Prada, the look is completed with beautifully crafted leather sandals.
I remember one of the first shows I truly appreciated was an Alexander McQueen show in which he cast both males and females from different walks of life, and adorned their beautiful bodies in his amazing threads.
There’s something that’s just all out amazing about seeing REAL people in these amazing fashions, we are after all the consumer. In my opinion being able to identify and relate with a designers complete vision captures me, completely!
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