Milan Men’s Fashion Week is just a day away, are you ready? After a rather disappointing London edition (with the exception of a handful of designers), Milan is about to throw us at full speed into the Fashion Week mentality. This season, we’ve got the big Italian-heritage shows like Valentino, Prada and Giorgio Armani to look forward to, as well the cutting-edge designs of newer brands like 1017 ALYX 9SM and JORDANLUCA.In case you’re not aware of what’s about to go down, here’s everything to look forward to in Milan.
VALENTINO – 16/06 (2PM CET / 1PM BST)
Opening up the week is Valentino with its collection we already know is titled “The Narratives”. This season, Valentino will be showing at the Università degli Studi di Milano during school hours. “The Narratives” here is referencing the conversation held between the university’s students and staff and Valentino itself, with the brand having made a donation to the university, specifically its Diritto Allo Studio, to support young thinkers of Milan.
1017 ALYX 9SM – 16/06 (7PM CET / 6PM BST)
Matthew Williams may be busy with Givenchy, with the show taking place in Paris the following week, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about his self-founded brand 1017 ALYX 9SM. Last spring season, the skin was on show and we’re sure this season will be no different. Expect interesting cut-outs, asymmetric lines and a whole bunch of black & white looks with a dash of bright, neon colours.
DSQUARED2 – 16/06 (8:30PM CET / 7:30 BST)
Dsquared2 is always a fun one to look out for. There’s always a million things going on in one collection, but not in an overwhelming way, in an eye-feasting way. One thing to expect for this men’s collection is a charged colour-pallet found on oversized jackets and shorts, as well as on typically female-oriented pieces like cropped and cami tops.
MSGM – 17/06 (10:30AM CET / 9:30AM BST)
MSGM is a wild card. Sometimes the collections are fun, bold and colourful, filled with ruffles and sometimes the collections are muted-down and heavy on the tailoring, but add the fun through materials and accessories like faux-fur hats and bags. So what’s coming for us this week is a bit of a mystery but whatever it is, it’ll just make sense for MSGM.
JORDANLUCA – 17/06 (6PM CET / 5PM BST)
When designers Jordan Bowen and Luca Marchetto hit the London scene for FW21 with their collab brand JORDANLUCA, their impact was immediately felt. Since, the brand has grown from essentially an exclusive monochromatic look to integrate motifs and bold colours, while still keeping its subversive nature. This season, we’re sure to see the brand step it up a nudge, like it does each season.
MAGLIANO – 18/06 (11AM CET / 10AM BST)
Having just won the LVMH Karl Lagerfeld Prize, Magliano is definitely one to keep your eyes peeled for. The Bologna-born menswear designer will undoubtedly show us lots of draping, neutral tones – from beiges to khakis – with a splash of bright colours, layering for days and a bunch of opened button-up shirts.
PRADA – 18/06 (2PM CET / 1PM BST)
Showing for the 7th season as co-creative directors, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons have blended – and will continue to – their two aesthetics by reinventing the codes of the luxury house. We’re surely going to see little triangles spread out everywhere, on suit jackets, nylon bucket hats and 5-inch shorts, but what we’re really intrigued about for this season is what set Prada will choose to host their show in.
CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY – 18/06 (6PM CET / 5PM BST)
Charles Jeffrey is bound to give us a whole story within an entirely imagined universe for his LOVERBOY brand. Checked and tartan motifs, unfinished knits and animal-inspired graphics are key to the brand, all of which we can only imagine will make their appearance on this SS24 runway show.
JW ANDERSON – 18/06 (7PM CET / 6PM BST)
Always one to play with the idea of masculinity and femininity, JW Anderson is going to be wild and fun. For its last spring menswear collection, we saw broken skateboards on jumpers and slashed t-shirts that revealed a bar code. What the Northern Irish designer has cooked for us this season is bound to make heads, and iPhone cameras, turn.
GIORGIO ARMANI – 19/06 (11AM CET / 10AM BST)
Closing off the week, the classic Italian brand Giorgio Armani is going to give us suits, that’s for sure. But not just any suit. Last spring menswear season, the classic piece was reimagined with neck scarves, slung and tied overlays, collarless and heavy on motifs, all found primarily in blue. What colour will be the main character this time around is something we can only speculate on.
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