Milan’s wanderlust

Designers reference spirit of travel for Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017

For Spring Summer ’17 menswear, designers across the board paid tribute to the spirit of wanderlust. Be it the  backpackers at Prada or the chic travellers at Ferragamo or Gucci’s poets whose closet staples is peppered with Asiatic embroideries – dragons, tigers and Disney characters. Giorgio Armani titled his line, Crossing Borders and Donatella Versace chose to amalgamate athletic chic with ready-to-wear in their lines.


Giorgio Armani





Vibe: Vagabond

After her womenswear collection last season, Miuccia referenced wanderlust yet again. She played with Buddhas, elephants, sombreros, or watermelons prints.
There were vibrant gilet, cycle pants, chunky ribbed sweaters, lightweight nylon blousons and suits. There were charming backpacks, skinny trousers and leggings which added to its youthful allure.

Inspiration: Dancers of Bruce Weber’s film

Versace man has a life-long dedication to the gym – he’s heavily muscled. Think beefy thighs and chiseled calves. Donatella juxtaposed gym wear with ready to wear presenting a highly-sexualised line which felt of-the-moment.
Luxe gym wear married work wear – trunks, cycle pants, floaty hooded below-the-knee parkas layered over suit jackets and shorts. An array of messenger-slung bags and lightweight sneakers and sandals added to the sporty finish.

Neil Barrett
Vibe: 80s

Highlights: Playing with a palette of brown, blue and orange, modernist graphic prints were the leitmotif in the vibrant line-up of jackets, trousers, sweatshirts and souvenir bombers. Tonal layering in chocolate brown, camel and mud added to its charm and so did white soled brown lace-up sneakers. Military style tailoring an boxy cuts added to the 80s vibe.

Salvatore Ferragamo
Inspiration: Russian painter Nicolas de Staël

Highlights: Travel was on the moodboard and so came an air of lightness in the ensembles be it sahara silk jackets and loose, paper-light parkas. There were blousons peppered with abstract motifs, workwear inspired suits, canvas backpack and vibrant neck scarves added to a cool vagabond finish. Shades of olive green, cobalt blue and light grey dominated and so did bold vertical stripes.


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