Looks like somebody’s been playing FarmVille lately. Junya Watanabe draws unmistakable reference to the farmer, with a practical workwear standpoint that remains forward. To start with, overalls were everywhere, which add variety to the all-in-one category previously filled with industrial-style jumpsuits. I could easily envision
hipster guys wearing these, especially during summer festivals.
Then there’s also patchwork, which comes in strong as a detail on shirts and jeans. Pieced construction is also noted with contrasting materials.
Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana, Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana, Costume National
As far as styling details go, roll cuffs become key on pants and shorts alike on the Milan runways. For pants, cuffs work best with slim silhouettes, while Dolce & Gabbana features roomier fits with cuffs for a tapered look. Cuffed shorts span a variety of styles from longer bermudas to chino shorts.
Corneliani, Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana
One of my favorite details to come out of the Milan menswear shows was pieced construction. Yes, we’ve seen bits of this before – more recently in the form of leather inserts – but this time around there are more interesting pieced effects happening. In addition to mixed materials, we’re also seeing mixed patterns.
Z Zegna, Burberry, Neil Barrett
I also love pieced construction for sweaters, which gives a patchwork effect in the case of Corneliani below.
Shearling outerwear is having a moment. The shearling coat was singled out as a key item in the Fall 11 Milan shows and I particularly like the shearling pea coat at Gucci, which blends 2 season must-haves into 1.
Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Along the same lines, shearling trim – specifically collars – were shown, which will surely impact the young men’s market. Alexander McQueen had some stand out shearling collars featured on wool jackets and double breasted blazers.
Ermanno Scervino, Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen