Milan Fashion Week was established in 1958 as a bi-annual fashion showcase. Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana organises it to promote Italian fashion designers in Italy and abroad. Milan Fashion Week Men's takes place in January and June, while the womenswear takes place in February and September. This year the men's event took place between the 16th and 20th of June. Milan Men's Fashion Week presented some of the biggest names in the industry for the upcoming spring/summer 24 season. Take a look at the Prada runway on day three, 18th June, below.
The theme of this Prada runway was fluidity. According to the Prada website, the collection "proposes an absolute freedom of the body, expressed through the foundations of the garments that clothe it". The runway showcased shirts, suits, raincoats, sportswear, and reporter jackets, with Prada's definitive objective being "a constant awareness of the body within, and its liberation". In tailoring, the collection focused on using the comfort and lightness of the classic shirt and transferring it to other menswear pieces. The colour palette was neutral, primarily black, blue or grey, with the occasional pop of colour in lilac, red or green. Let's take a look at some of the standout pieces.
This piece immediately flipped men's tailoring on its head by combining the shirt and jacket into one piece. Traditional slim-fitting grey suit trousers were paired with a top with all of the components of a jacket, wide peak lapels, a one-button closure, and broad padded shoulders, but made from the fabric of a shirt so as to be easily tucked in. The silhouette was also unusual, with over-long sleeves and enormously broad padded shoulders forming a triangular upper body, creating the illusion of a tiny cinched waist.
More pieces along the lines of outfit one appeared. In a gorgeous deep navy, this one added utilitarian pockets and metal rings to the shirt jacket, giving the outfit a less formal and more functional feel. It also kept the contrast between the long sleeves and broad shoulders but less starkly.
Here a more traditionally tailored shirt in tan was combined with elegant black shorts. The long sleeves and practical pockets were present, but a dash of fun had been added with architectural flowers sewn to them in black, orange, silver, and tan.
Navy blue suit shorts were paired with a more casual material, denim, again used to create a shirt-jacket hybrid that could be tucked in but retained the elements of a jacket with its short-notch lapels and two-button closure. Interest and fun were added with jean-like stitching around the cuffs, armscye, lapels, and button placket. The broad shoulders and cinched waist illusion were also kept, as were the over-long sleeves.
Another short outfit is demonstrated here. Navy blue suit shorts were paired with a traditional grey shirt with a fun flower pattern in black, white, and a bright pop of lilac. The placement and colours of the print created an optical illusion of movement in the piece. The shirt was finished with roomy combat-trouser-like pockets on its oversized sleeves.
More Eye-Catching Outfits
Here are a few more of the runway looks that stood out for us.
What was your favourite look from this runway?
Did you enjoy the shirt-jacket hybrid? Did you like the fun prints and architectural flowers? Would you wear any of these ensembles?
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