UK visitors numbers to the Pitti Uomo show in Florence this week appear to be down, especially if the turnout at the menswear retailers' favourite haunt, the Gilli bar last night was anything to go by.
At the Pitti Uomo show, the larger groups were mostly represented albeit with reduced teams. TK Maxx, Flannels, Asos, Burton, Bentalls, Harvey Nichols and John Lewis have all visited. However, independents were few and far between on the third day of the show.
The mood at the menswear fair was mixed with most retailers resigned to what they believe will be a tough year ahead. They were buying more tightly as a result. Much of the talk centred on how inflation rates and the strength of the Euro would impact on pricing and consumer confidence.
Trend-wise, there was little that was really new. Key looks from last year including nautical, preppy, slim silhouette suits and contrast collar and cuff shirts still had a strong presence, although overall, collections had stronger colour injections as well as lots and lots of white.