It’s June 2017, which means that in the international menswear world, the Spring/Summer 2018 fashion weeks are well underway. With Pitti Uomo (a menswear tradeshow in Milan), the London and Milan shows concluded, the very-dressed menswear elite are gearing up for hectic Paris shows- where we’re sure to see some cool stuff on the runway and truly frigging terrible streetwear. Though not as bad as the London streetwear. I’m really looking at the London attendees for this one… it’s like they save their worst shit to wear there. Tom Ford and Burberry need to expand their lending lists yes. Anyway. Both cities showed out, but Italy- as always- brought it with the good clothes and provided endless examples of how to up your style.
There was endless colour and texture throughout many of the collections, and those that went with a more neutral palate (like Giorgio Armani) delivered clothing in interesting shades and lux materials. Now a lot of what was shown really wouldn’t work in the tropics simply because it’s too hot here for overcoats and scarves, but there were some great examples in suiting, printed shirts and overall styling. And if you’re traveling, there are a lot of great pieces to choose from. Take a look at some of the shows to see what’s new. I love the gold Versace prints that are re-works of the house’s famous originals, and Missoni’s t-shirts and shorts are great. Style wise, my favourites were Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani.
The overall standout collection for me was Fausto Puglisi’s. It’s kind of ugly but so good while overall very 90’s inspired and I can’t hate at all. On top of that the models all look like they’re not sure what the hell they’re doing and that somehow makes me like the collection even more… It’s all stylish, comfortable looking and translatable to both Caribbean life and almost anywhere warm-ish you might want to visit. I also really like the colours used and the tunic-y looking cuts to the shirts and t-shirts.
So, seeing any additions/ inspirations to your wardrobe? The s/s shows are always the best for style mining because the clothes shown would work best in Trinbago, and this year’s really had some standout examples so far. Up next is Paris, so let’s see if the French can pull a Napoleon and beat the Italians again!
And with that one I’m done.