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Italian Love: 2011 Fall/Winter Menswear Collections Milan

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Right in time for the Milan menswear collections, I re-watched Io Sono L’Amore, the mesmerizing Italian love story starring Tilda Swinton.

The second time around, I remained flabbergasted at the indelible beauty of Milan and the Italian countryside, the mouthwatering presentation of food and the raw and passionate love and sex that unfolded in such picturesque surroundings.

Oh, did I mention the fashion?

Italian men do it better. In every way, every time.

From the precision of a slim cut suit to the sharp and crisp tailoring of a button-down shirt, Italian-made clothes hold within them a rich history of some of the biggest names in fashion, names that have oft times begun as sole ventures, and spread into multi-million dollar complexes, all the while retaining their authentic and distinct Italian make. It can be felt in the supple touch, seen in the seams, torn apart in the design and padding of the garment.

Smelled in the leather.

Cue the recent Milan fall/winter 2011 menswear shows. This season, designers came back with a strong masculine cut of suit and bold shapes in coats, inspired by military lines at Prada and voluminous hunting styles at Z Zegna. Zegna proved that volume is still all about fit, and paired their expansive outerwear with belts that only exaggerated the style. Armani kept it clean and simple with large shouldered coats, warm tones and a stately long silhouette, while Bottega Venetta enshrouded their men in thick knit sweaters with autumn splashes of colour. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (my only non-Italian pick) did not miss the mark – showing her men in large coats devoid of accessorial complications, massive collars and simple knit sweaters and pants. The one collection I refuse to show here is Burberry Prorsum, who underwhelmed (me, at least) in their same coats redone in various splashes of red and blue. Typical London, but I’m in love with Italy.


Z Zegna

The collections played to a woman’s love of a strong man, and a man’s love of his beastly self – the man gone back into the wild, at one with nature, the man who can pick you up and sling you over his shoulder. There’s nothing I love more than a man with good clothes and great shoes who also owns a cabin in the woods (and can chop said wood). Italian Fall/Winter collections are always so beautiful to watch because designers play more to a George Clooney type and a rugged but well styled Collin Farrell than to a lost young hipster. Italian collections scream elegance and style in a wintery wonderland. Who says you can’t have it all?


Certainly not me. I’m off to Milan.



  • Anonymous

    I grew up under the tutelage of well manicured and fine-tailored father. British/French labels abound in his collection and in my series of hand-me-downs. Faconnable, Thomas Pink, Burberry, and Hermes are all names I’ve grown fond of over the years. For me Italian labels are a love I’ve developed independently. Though I still dislike Armani, I’ve grown very fond of Prada very quickly.

    What I like the most about this piece is not the fashion you discuss, but that you discuss it with regards to the gender you fancy. In this we are similar, because if I think of Italian wear for women… well then I’ve always loved it :)

  • Chris Elliott

    Wow Clara! Amazing work. I have to say, I completely agree with you that Italian men do everything better. Especially seeing that I happen to be an Italian man! lol. But seriously. Great piece.

    I personally think that trying to couple a cotton vest/sweatpant combo with shiney dress shoes is whack as hell, and utterly unrealistic. However I respect the cuts and colours. That broad shouldered Peacoat is tough. Interesting line.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509428908 Clara Vaz

      But isnt it fabulous how it looks so good? Despite the odd combination? It’s the style, the swagger, the essence of wearing perfectly tailored clothing that goes a long way. In fact, if a suit is well-tailored, i mean, razor sharp tailored, man can it look good. Then you can hide the fact that you purchased it at the discount rack at your corner mall. But then again, maybe not. Cloth is equally as important. Thats why I love Italian designers so much. They have both: cut/design and quality. Perfecto!

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