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Milan Men’s Fashion Week: Emporio Armani, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Marc Jacobs

The menswear catwalks in Milan continued to excite the crowds with tailoring in prints and bright rainbow shades popular options for designers yesterday.

The Emporio Armani spring 13 catwalk showcased a range of lightweight outerwear and soft suits in neutral stone and taupe colours. Jackets came in a range of guises from raincoats to blazers in fabrics including cotton, nylon, suede and jersey. Despite the prevalence of tailoring the overall silhouettes were kept relaxed, with double breasted jackets paired with slouchy shorts.

The spirit of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was captured in the Alexander McQueen collection with Sarah Burton drawing inspiration from artist Gustav Klimt, Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and Visconti’s film Death in Venice. Tailoring made up the vast majority of the collection,with Burton utilising a variety of fabrics and colours, from simple white suits to silk outfits embroidered with metallic dragonflies.

Over at Gucci Frida Giannini treated the fashion crowd to a mouthwatering array of colourful outfits. Apple green, cherry red, citrus lemon and zesty orange pieces were bought to life in fabrics including raffia, cotton and jersey. The spring 13 collection oozed a summery vibe, with white chinos paired with brightly coloured loafers and bold tailoring in vivid brights.

American designer Marc Jacobs showcased a range of belted trenches and suiting alongside a series of more casual patterned shorts and linen pea coats. The collection, which was inspired by both F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender is the Night and the French Riviera, used bold stripes on suiting with seersucker fabrics in washed out hues for a springtime feel.

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