Menswear Fashion Week is upon us and the setting is in Milan currently. Gucci – the iconic Italian fashion house, as expected, sent out a collection that was slick and had a nod to the ‘60s. The atmosphere and collection was inspired by the portraits of Canadian painter Kris Knight. Frida Giannini once again knocked it out of the ballpark with innovative fabrications and treatments transforming material textures – true to the Gucci man’s instinct for experimentation and unique choices.
The silhouette was purely graphic and boxy. Leather was featured prominently. If you go back to the Gucci archives, the brand established itself owing to their leather business. Outerwear and biker jackets were a mainstay. There were touches of a new super soft construction on coat jackets, jacket lapels, velvet suits and tuxedo pants. Turtlenecks also were seen extensively, worn under sleeveless vests and jackets – there was also a spotting of Gucci’s signature marine peacoat. The colour palette ranged from Robin egg blue, dusty pinks, pale yellows, sage and then moved to blacks. For black tie and formal events, there was velvet mixed with leather, double breasted coats and mohair tuxedos.
There were plenty of yummy accessories – from the Casquette de marin caps to the maxi duffles and shoppers in sumptuous crocodile and calfskin varieties that had the Gucci heritage touch of burnished Bamboo handles. These will be available in either black or pastel hues. Leather shoes had soles courtesy the Good Year construction company. (Yup, the tyre company, imagine how sturdy they will be!)
So which look did you love the most? I’m leaning towards the velvet suit – I can totally see Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor rocking this look.
Pix: Courtesy Gucci