The fashion spotlight has been pointed at Milan for the past few days, as the menswear collections were paraded down the catwalk, giving us all a glimpse of autumn/winter’s biggest trends for the boys. But, unlike last year’s heavy dose of masculine tailoring and dapper suits, the men’s offerings were full of androgynous pieces we wanted to add to our own wardrobes. In fact, many of the catwalks featured a healthy dose of female models strutting their stuff alongside their male counterparts, making us wonder if we were glimpsing a preview of the AW15 womenswear collections, set to be revealed next month.
So while we wait for fashion month to descend on us all, we thought we’d bring you our favourite moments from Milan. Sorry boys, they’re our trends now…
Vivienne Westwood’s Super Separates:
We’re talking colour-pop cardis, pussybow blouses and irresistible shearling cover-ups complete with orb logo buttons. This was tailoring, but not as we know it thanks to kooky details like banknote prints and a scattering of flowers on jackets’ lapels. Huge kudos to the male model who managed to walk in blue suede heels, too. No, we’re not kidding! Viv took her usual bow at the close of the show, clad in a t-shirt emblazoned with the face of Prince Charles as she praised him for being an ‘eco warrior’. Now that was a turn-up for the books. We’ll be clashing our tartan prints, rocking patterned socks with heels and bringing back a brightly coloured cardigan to channel Viv’s boys.
Armani’s Power Couples:
The models over at Giorgio Armani sashayed down the runway to the Downton Abbey theme song, which pretty much paved the way for the collection itself. Two by two they walked, and our favourite looks were the matchy-matchy boy-girl couples that sauntered out in fluid tailoring, fitted jackets and his’n’hers brogues. It was, in short, exactly the way we wanted to see Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley dress in the TV episodes, although this clearly never happened. So now we’ll just have to content ourselves with stealing the idea. Boys, hands up who’s down for some twinny tailoring!
Prada’s Covetable Coats:
We spotted a fair few girls on Miuccia Prada’s catwalk. But in all honesty, we’re surprised we managed to concentrate on anything bar this luxurious offering of outerwear. From the men’s impeccably cut camel coat (the stuff of dreams) to this bold, belted tartan beauty, it’s fair to say we’ve already got an AW15 style crush. Plus, check out those patent, flat knee-high boots. Could this be a clue about what we can expect from the Prada catwalk next month? We certainly can’t wait to find out. We’re digging out our timeless camel cover-ups as we speak…
We’re going to put this out there: we want everything from Gucci’s menswear offering. Everything. From intricately woven lace tops to ’70s suits and satchels with an Annie Hall vibe, we’re obsessed with the silk shirts, low-slung trousers and knitted tank tops. Don’t even get us started on those gloriously feminine finishing touches; a frill on a sleeve or an oversized pussybow on a pyjama-style shirt. On the ladies, we saw chunky clogs. Dare we suspect that these slip-ons are making yet another comeback? We’re only just recovering from that Chanel pair and the frenzy they provoked. But aside from our dream wardrobe, the Gucci catwalk also had us talking for a few other reasons. Firstly, designer Frida Giannini’s abrupt departure from the brand meant that the Head of Accessories had to re-design the entire collection before the show. No mean feat, we’d imagine. And, as the show drew to a close, we could hear the music from A Single Man, the film directed by former Gucci designer Tom Ford. Will he be resuming his position at the Italian fashion house? We wait with baited breath…
Shop some of our favourite borrowed-from-the-boys looks below, and get ready for some serious style admiration. You’ll be way ahead of the curve come fashion month…
By Hannah Banks-Walker