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Following close on the heels of the Pitti Uomo tradeshow, Milan Fashion Week has been further proof that Italian labels know exactly what they are doing when it comes to menswear. Collection after collection at MFW exuded sophistication, style and luxury.

 The colour grey reigned supreme at the Calvin Klein AW15 show, in a collection inspired by black and white cinema. Models with slicked back hair stepped out onto the runway wearing very simple but strong shapes. Textures broke up the neutral palette with knits, wool and PVC, as well as recurring variations on leopard print. Calvin Klein showed us how the art of monochrome is done.  


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The Dolce & Gabbana show opened on a backdrop of a living family portrait, firmly setting the theme for the show. Family was the key word with imagery of family scenes appearing as prints or embroidery, intermixed with more classic pieces such as suits and overcoats. Coats of arms were embroidered onto garments whilst the expression “Amore per Sempre” was emblazoned on tops. Once again Dolce & Gabbana explored the codes of Sicilian life, this time examining a personal aspect of the island’s culture.  
 
Prada wasn’t just all about the boys, as the label tackled the complex topic of gender relationships for its AW15 collection. Male and female models thus converged on the catwalk, with menswear and womenswear echoing one another in cut and in colour. The simple colour palette of grey and blue formed the basis of the entire collection, and was combined with clean lines, which made for a collection both sober and elegant. 

 

If there was one label that everyone had their eye on, it was Gucci, as the label steps into a new era. Following former Creative Director Frida Giannini’s early departure from the luxury label, it fell to Alessandro Michele, head designer of accessories, to complete the collection that was presented earlier today. With patterns a-plenty, bright colours offset by camel, as well as a feminine edge with ruffles, bows and lace, the Gucci show channeled a bohemian feel. Although marking a new beginning, everyone is nonetheless left wondering who will be hired to fill Giannini’s shoes…
 
With only one day left of Milan Fashion Week, we’ll soon be setting our sights on the men’s fashion scene in Paris… the menswear fashion week marathon is certainly not over yet.