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Colour breaking through the rain

The autumn/winter 2011 menswear catwalk shows took place in Milan last week and the Burberry show proved there would soon be colour breaking through the rain, and they meant that literally.

The show ended with the models decked out in plastic packa macs, walking down the catwalk through ‘rain’ produced by huge overhead sprinklers.

Comic strip red and blue duffle coats and oversized puffa jackets were as if they’d just stepped off the set of Dick Tracey.

I’m definately one injecting a bit of colour into my wardrobe, but for those who aren’t so keen, Burberry still showcased 60’s style tailored coats and jackets in charcoal, black and camel, which takes any man straight from dull to dapper.

I was surprised to see that Etro had opted for a rather muted show. The brand that in my opinion have always made colour acceptable, seemed to go for browns and blacks with a tartan and paisley print. There was an electric blue trench definitely made its mark though, not for the fainthearted.

The Vivienne Westwood show was every bit the spectacle too, with her trade mark ‘drunk’ shirts and trousers which were just as beautiful as the tailored pieces seen at Burberry, but with a shot of anarchy thrown in which I’ve always loved.

Personal favourites were the skull and cross bones jumper with the orb printed ‘drunk’ trousers. Maybe a little too outlandish for many of us, but if a statement needs to be made, The Grand Dame is always there to lend a hand.

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