Milan Fashion Week: A/W 2012-2013 Highlights (Part 2)

Milan Fashion Week: DSquared2, Burberry, Giorgio Armani

Milan Fashion Week this season showed very gentlemanly and conservative collections. Maybe it’s the economic gloom but business suits, overcoats and traditional trench coats are back. Total black also seemed to be the colour of choice with cobalt blue, charcoal grays and some deep reds making special appearances.

Despite the somewhat dull palette choices, designers showed their craft in the details. Artful layering, silk embroidery and military broaches were all on show at Milan Fashion Week. Designers also played with textures by mixing fabrics like wool, velvet, leather, and even fur for a touch of luxury.

This is part two of our Milan Fashion Week highlights coverage. You can view part 1 here.

Some highlight collections at Milan Fashion Week this season include:

Giorgio Armani A/W 2012-2013

Armani‘s menwear collection this season was inspired by Alpine scenery, with sky blue and mountain grays present on every model. His collection also had everything a gentleman needs in his wardrobe; tailored double-breast coats, business suits in stretchable fabrics, velvet tuxdeo jackets and the humble white T-shirt (silk, of course) paired with jeans. We particularly like the Nordic patterns seen on the knitwear as well as the double-breasted coat in a sturdy but luxurious knitted wool.

 

Burberry A/W 2012-2013

This season, the gentleman prefers Burberry. At Milan Fashion Week, Burberry’s chief creative officer Christopher Bailey’s collection took inspiration from the London city and autumn woods and interpreted them with the sensibilities of a modern British gent. The models wore herringbone patterned caps, striped sweaters with oversized collars draped with the brand’s classic trench coat.

The suits were made from velvet and corduroy and we saw bomber jackets that loosened the tailored looks. There were also quirky touches like owl faces on jumpers and as well as duck and animal heads on Burberry umbrellas.

Unlike many collections this season, Burberry’s garments had an element of playfulness which the designer acknowledges.

“I think it is important to smile. I think that is what fashion is also about, making you think and making you smile. You don’t always have to be serious,” Bailey said.

DSquared2 A/W 2012-2013

A touch of rebellion was evident at DSquared2‘s collection this season. While the collection overall was in tune with the dark economic times, the Canadian duo showed several pieces with graffiti and silver studs. Another bad boy touch were the chains attached to the tight cropped jeans the male models donned.

Short leather jackets were paired with mohair sweaters (we’re digging the one in moss green), and another combo we liked were the schoolboy brooches on tweed jackets. Aside from these details, overall, DSquared2 this season was surprisingly formal and safe with gray tuxedos, patent-leather shoes and black bow ties making constant appearances.

This is part two of our Milan Fashion Week highlights coverage. You can view part 1 here.