Tuesday, 30 June 2015

MFW | Trends and Highlights - SS16 Menswear Review (Part III: MSGM, DSquared2, Neil Barrett, Les Hommes, Prada, Phillip Plein, Moncler Gamme Bleu, Versace)

Milan Fashion Week | SS16
Part III: MSGM, DSquared2, Neil Barrett, Les Hommes, Prada, Philipp Plein, 
Moncler Gamme Bleu, Versace

MSGM SS16 Menswear Highlights

In a summer show of layering, beneath the loud garments was another layer of sleeves - well a body suit of tattoos. This complemented the fun and summer vibes but also was a way to distract from some of the less flattering outfits. The collection had a few hit and misses but its individual pieces were generally stronger than a collective look. Bleached out denim, overshirts and strong sneaker game made up for some other weaker pieces like the not-gonna-happen wide jeans.
DSquared2 SS16 Menswear Highlights

Neil Barrett
Another strong player in the contemporary menswear game. Neil Barrett has garnered a strong and growing fan base. And what's not to love? Geometry and graphics do wonders on visual appeal and signal futurism. There also seems to be a consensus this year at Milan Fashion Week for rolling a bigger chunk of your trousers and shirts. With fresh trends on Neil Barrett's side, and the timeless quality of his love for black and white designs, the label is hitting it off in another captivating SS season.
Neil Barrett SS16 Menswear Highlights

Les Hommes
Les Hommes SS16 Menswear Highlights

Prada makes great use of colour in both FW and SS seasons and updates the collections with refreshing appeal and interesting combinations. Most remarkably, the runway styling effectively exploited the visual elements of shorts juxtaposed to longer coats and jackets. Another contrast exists in the use of loose fitting shirts over claustrophobic sweathers. Garment-wise, the arm bands are the memorable and iconic signatures of this SS16 collection.
Prada SS16 Menswear Highlights

Philipp Plein
This is what happens when demolition derby enters the runway. Philipp Plein is about attitude. Loud but wearable looks are great for this collection and almost every single piece of garment is interesting and impressionable in a different way. The footwear is on-trend with eye-catching metallic logos which epitomise the success of Versace and Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers.
Philipp Plein SS16 Menswear Highlights

Moncler Gamme Bleu
Moncler Gamme Bleu SS16 Menswear Highlights

In a plot-twist, Versace releases some simpler pieces to accentuate excess and affluence. But not a plot-twist is the genius of Donatella. Wearability is not an issue for Versace because heck, it's Versace, but this collection appeals to every man. There are elements of minimalism, sex appeal and effortless Versaceness that could only come from the mind of a master designer. Of course, almost every season, there is a key-item in Versace (see the chaparreras of FW14) and this season, it's long shirts. I love the simpler pieces this collection because they show the power of Versace and how even simple pieces can be designed in way and styled with colours that complement each other to exude that elegance and materialistic awesomeness embodied in Versace. I'm really trying to be not biased, but I love this collection.
Versace SS16 Menswear Highlights

Jil Sander, Emporio Armani, Damir Doma, Vivienne Westwood,
Dolce and Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Missoni, Bottega Veneta, Etro.

Diesel Black Gold, Facetasm, Fendi, Costume National,
Salvatore Ferragamo, John Richmond, Marni, Giorgio Armani, Gucci

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