I know Milano menswear fashion week ended days ago. Meanwhile everybody moved to Paris to see the shows there, Céline appointed Hedi Slimane as new semi-God artistic director and Pier Paolo Piccioli hooked everybody with his amazing haute couture statement at Valentino.
I’m definitely late for Milano Fashion Week coverage, the good news, though, is that this is just a little blog, so I can take the liberty to be slow. Following here, you will find notes and pictures about menswear A/W 2018-19. Since I cannot afford to buy professional photos, I use mine which are quite far from professional. Sorry about that, I hope you will appreciate my efforts: I recently enrolled in an iPhone photography course to improve them, so hopefully next time they will be better ^_^
Alessandro Dell’Acqua is a role model to me. He lost his eponymous brand in his late forties, struggled to get back with his new line N.21 which is a huge success now and he is currently Rochas creative director. All that with the utmost humility. I could date a guy wearing his stuff and it’s a thing I can hardly say about menswear shows. The opening picture too has been taken backstage, like the ones above.
I have a long term love and hate relationship with Dirk Bikkembergs. The half naked football players aesthetic was not my cup of tea, so I deeply rejoiced when Lee Wood brought it back to its more conceptual roots.
We had a drama moment outside the Marni venue when some animal-rights activists aggressively protested against the brand. I don’t buy furs, but I don’t like the way those guys act to support their cause. Also, they should getter better information before picketing: many things changed at Marni and furs are no longer the stars of the collection designed by Francesco Risso.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary Etro turned the Palazzo del Ghiaccio into a gigantic antique shop. Kean Etro surrounded the models with objects which are part of his personal collection and with other pieces which will be auctioned in springtime by Il Ponte, on of the most respected auction houses in Milano. Needless to say that I want to try for the first time ever to bid.
Fashion backstages are usually packed and dark, so you can imagine my surprise as I entered the one MSGM had inside Milano University. And I loved the looks, fresh and funny. And wearable.
Another show, another university. Ermenegildo Zegna opened the fashion week with an evening show inside Bocconi University (but you can also see the outside of the building in my pic). I admire Alessandro Sartori‘s work for the brand, I think it’s so romantic that he entered the company many years ago as a textile engineer and turned into the artistic director, after a few years break at Berluti. Only I have a problem with fake snow, because no matter what I do, those tiny white bits get stuck in my curly hair.
There were many upcoming brands on A/W 2018-19 Milano Fashion Week. Federico Curradi is one of my favorites. I also think that having so many new names showing is good for Milano, we needed some fresh air.
That’s me riding an Askoll electric bicycle I borrowed for the fashion week. I rode up to 40km per day and always got on time. Only the thick fog on my way to Prada stopped me (thanks to my friends who gave me a lift) and the thieves who stole it. They probably don’t know they won’t never sell it because I had taken the battery with me and there is no way to get another one unless you can prove you regularly bought it. Still I was so shocked as I couldn’t find it.
Going back to Prada, the only reason I don’t post any picture is because my photos are not good enough. I actually liked it very much and I welcome in the return of pure black.