Monday, 3 November 2014

MFW | Trends and Highlights (Part 2) - SS15 Menswear Review (Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Neil Barrett, Emporio Armani, Bottega Veneta and Versace)

Continuing with Milan Fashion Week, this is the second post of some of the best shows for Spring/Summer 2015.

In this post: Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Neil Barrett, Emporio Armani, Bottega Veneta and Versace.
In Part 1: Calvin Klein Collection, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Prada and DSquared2.

Salvatore Ferragamo
Earthy colours were on show at Ferragamo. They do the theming so well and it compliments the luxurious label perfectly. The discrete contrast of colours is very interesting in conveying an overall image.  There were also brilliant steam punk style sunglasses with a summer twist. With the subtle splashes of lilac, tan and creamy hues, the show taught us how to layer light pieces in summer. At Ferragamo, it's all about the cool breeze.
Salvatore Ferragamo Menswear Spring 2015

Gucci has definitely picked it its game these recent years and this SS15 season is my favourite thus far. The boldness which made the brand what it was is back. The runway looks used bold stripes and bright contrasts in a sailor/naval theme. There were also very interesting takes on simple wardrobe pieces in the navy jacket and bright red sweaters. The standout were of course this season's iconic thick strap shoulder bags. My favourite is that navy sweater and cropped pants are excellent for SS.
Gucci Menswear Spring 2015

Neil Barrett
I always love the look of Neil Barrett stuff because they have such a strong emphasis on visuals. So much contours, vectors and geometry to create a crisp an futuristic look.  This goes really well with the sneakers which are undeniably strong. The iconic palette of white and black returns this season with some extra colours here and there. There is again so much emphasis on shape and this season, the label shows its updates of computer graphics and Romanesque statues.
Neil Barrett Menswear Spring 2015

Emporio Armani
Emporio Armani caters for a more stylish and mature audience but still updates their looks with youthfulness. I love this label much mroe than any other Armani lines because it's so versatile and you can see the efforts going into the designs and consideration of materials. This season's bags are super luxe and the small quilts used in many of their pieces are done so well. The deep charcoal and discreet prints are iconically Armani. And damn, that backpack is exactly what I'm after.
Emporio Armani Menswear Spring 2015

Bottega Veneta
Some wouldn't consider pastel tones to be masculine enough for menswear but BV shows us that this contrast is exactly what makes this SS15 season at Bottega Veneta memorable. The loose structure and laid-back style with the pastel and light colours created pieces which were perfect for summer. The key focus is the deep scoop-neck. This worked well with the loose and casual theme. Some other salient features were the loose knitwear and wide shorts. None of that tight fitting this summer as BV opted for a more carefree look.
Bottega Veneta Menswear Spring 2015

Finally, the show synonymous with luxurious fashion - Versace's show demonstrated the versatility of menswear. The show's most unique colours for this collection were the dusty pinks and blues. Definitely a collection to remember for Versace lovers because there were so many iconic pieces and another rendition of the luxurious combination of white and gold, and black and gold at Versace. I really like the blue cut outs. They remind me of Henri Matisse's Nu Bleu II. There was also a strong element of Tropicana with palm trees in that fashion paradise. There were also 600 types of shoes from moccasins, espadrills, sandles to brogues. It's also great how the show was selling Versace Home products with cushions chained in the backdrop and models carrying plates down the runway.
Versace Menswear Spring 2015

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