The virtual runway has well and truly become the new norm abroad. In lieu of live runways, designers and fashion houses have strayed from lavish events and celebrity-driven guest lists to build a far more inclusive fashion week for viewers around the globe. After all, the front row was considered dead many months ago. We’ve moved past dwelling on what we’ve missed out on and instead are predicting the future of fashion.
This is the overarching theme at Milan Men’s Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2022. Tuned in to the needs of today, Ermenegildo Zegna ushered in new possibilities of thoughtful tailoring and innovative fabrics with tonal ensembles and androgynous silhouettes. Tod’s presentation, “Under The Italian Sun”, paid homage not only to its heritage but a new narrative of modern Italian craftsmanship.
From the unprecedented perspective of the Fendi headquarters inside the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Men’s SS22 looked to dissect modern architecture and nature with sharp styles in a soft colour palette. Prada was driven by Raf Simmons’ most simplest, timeless pleasure: the beach.
It’s predicted live events will return in September 2021. If the Men’s SS22 runways are indeed the last of their virtual kind, well, it’s shaping up to be one helluva post-pandemic out-of-the-house debut for the consumer when these hit stores.
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“Diversity at its very best: girls wearing boys clothes,” notes GRAZIA and ICON fashion director, Kim Payne. “I’m loving the boxy relaxed and textured fabrics – hemp and silks – much looser tailoring, longer line jackets and shorts for the best of both worlds.”
“With the collection inspired by photographer Peter Beard, even though his love was Africa, key colour tones remind me of our Australian big blue summer skies and deep earth tones. Beautifully layered pieces that look travelled,” says Payne.
“I love the prints and soft muted colours, the cargo pants and shorts with pockets made to be used; the mini baguette, sneakers, sandals and buckled shoes. All in the same palette as the clothing, these pieces are summer ready,” Payne reflects.