As the menswear leg of Milan Fashion Week draws to a close, we have exactly one day to breathe before Paris ups the ante. Whilst you prepare yourself for another week of shows, parties and stand out season pieces, we’ve rounded up some of Milan Fashion Week’s key moments that packed a punch on the runway.
CRYSTAL JEANS & MAXI-LENGTH DREAMS AT GUCCI
Gucci’s anticipated return to the Milan Men’s fashion week schedule post-Alessandro Michele was an Indie-sleaze magpie’s dream. Pants in shimmering varieties blinded the audience as models debuted GG crystal-studded jeans, chromatic trousers and sequin-ified denim, whilst hot pink boots provided a contrast to the return of their cult-classic Princetown loafer silhouettes.
1017 ALYX 9SM FW23: AN ODE TO THE EMO THRIFT SHOP
The latest show from Matthew M Williams’ brainchild label 1017 ALYX 9SM was an ode to anarchy. Traipsing out like angsty teenagers in an emo thrift shop, models were decked out in studded kneecaps, graphic-statements and puddle-ready, gargantuan stomper boots.
FURRY HICKS AT DSQUARED2
Rodeo chic met Y2Kat Dsquared2’s FW23 runway show, where groin-skirting denim, ‘I heart beer’ hillbilly belts and baby tees emblazoned with motifs such as ‘Choke’ and ‘It’s a boy!’ delighted the audience in their hick-meets-jock collection. Bonus points for Fleecy chaps, chainmail extras and hats fit for a bear-hunt.
FENDI’S IRL BAGUETTES
Fendi dropped an (almost) IRL baguette during their FW23 runway show in this satirical take on their renowned noughties bag. Boulangerie-core aside, cut out shirts fit for an avant garde teacher and sheer knitwear were clear standouts in the collection.
JORDANLUCA’S TRIPLE-THREAT LONSDALE KNICKERS
In the collaboration of the year that literally no one expected, Jordanluca teamed up with grandad-beloved sportswear brand Lonsdale with what can only be described as a knickers triple threat. Layering three pairs of Lonsdale-branded boxers underneath a velvety dad-style maxi suit, Jordanluca gave Miu Miu’s cult briefs a run for their money.
APOCALYPTIC-CORE AT MAGLIANO
Magliano said that Apocalyptic-core is in, and we’re listening. The haunting show, made even more eerie by a crescendo of low-howling sounds, featured ragged garments, doomsday style layering and earthy, natural-material knits fit for an end of the world blockbuster.
70’S CURTAINS, BUT MAKE IT ETRO
Down the spotlit runway at Etro, models clad in ensembles reminiscent of a carpeted, matching 70’s lounge set – and somehow, it really worked. The label’s AW23 show featured a coastal grandmother-approved range of plaids, gridded velvet and tablecloth-esque floral prints in this retro-meets-Italian businessman collection.
PRADA SAID CLAUSTROPHOBIA WHO?
Claustrophobia who? Raf and Miuccia took Prada back to the days of 90s minimalism as their ‘Let’s Talk about Clothes’ collection combined pared-back cost of living realism with classic, luxurious tailoring. The focal point? A slowly collapsing ceiling highlighting the crushing weight of reality.
POND VIBES & CARPET BURN AT JW ANDERSON
JW Anderson shows always leave us with so much to unpack. From frog-core clutches (an upgrade or downgrade from the infamous pigeon bag? You decide) to carpet–wielding models stripped down to their knitted underwear, plus sleepy, gaunt faces clasping pillows for a post-show nap that you just know is gonna hit different.
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