It's been a solid nine days of #menswear filled with crazy back-to-back shows and presentations, fatigue-induced karaoke car rides, and daily late night runway reviews (for your reading pleasure, dear Buro247.sg reader) fuelled by the copious consumption of extra-hot espressos (in Milano) and café au laits (in Paris). And now, at the end of this "Amazing Race Fashion Edition" — as coined by a certain Singapore female fashion director — here's my round-up of the top ten looks from the men's shows in Paris and Milan.
But before we get to that list, here's a little summary of my European adventure:
Best thing about the shows?
Being inspired by fashion. Remembering that what we do is a celebration of beauty. Exchanging ideas, and sometimes arguing passionately, about shows and designs.
Worst thing about the shows?
Best encapsulated by a fellow Aussie who put it this way: "I can't stand all the pushing and shoving at fashion week. Everyone has an assigned seat. Stop freaking out. It's not a bloody Rihanna concert!" Ditto.
Most memorable moment?
Dressed by Missoni to attend their runway show. Honoured.
10. BOTTEGA VENETA
The elegance and sophistication of the black double-breasted suit in double-bonded cashmere worn with a black turtle neck and accessorised with a Nero knit scarf and a dapper felt trilby. I'm a sucker for a well-cut suit and hat.
That lilac double-breasted coat with a simple two-button closure worn over a slim-cut grey suit. Lilac, and it's close cousin lavender, is undeniably one of the hottest colours for the upcoming season.
8. LANVIN HOMME
Long hair, don't care. Impressed with Lucas Ossendrijver's ability to capture the punk-rebel heart with this red round-shouldered overcoat buttoned at the neck over a loose tan pullover and worn with long green trousers.
Any one of the four blazers or blousons embellished with beading in reference to the Pearly Kings. Just sublime craftmanship.
Talking about craftsmanship, check out the fine appliqué of florals and insect motifs on this shearling-lined denim jacket paired with a chic tan trouser and white tee. Instant heirloom for the kids.
The go-to brand for unaffected Parisian cool. Loved the baby blue turtle neck and oversized coat anchored with must-buy white basketball sneakers fastened with velcro straps.
4. DIOR HOMME
That black full-leather suit with it's A-line silhouette created by a fitted single-breasted blazer — worn over a black shirt accessorised with a black bow and beaded necklace — paired with wide-cut 'work wear' skater pants and fingerless gloves to show off black painted nails. Subversive, yet luxe, menswear.
3. PAUL SMITH
Bright and optimistic separates. Treat yourself to this uplifting bright lime overcoat colour-blocked with a double-breasted dove-grey blazer and peach-coloured knit, and paired with purple trousers.
2. ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA COUTURE
Stefano Pilati was really showing off this season (also his last!), delivering an insanely beautiful and intricate collection that made you re-think menswear. Personal favourite was the show-stopping knitted coat in a blue and grey wool jacquard embellished with a diamond rope pattern and crown motifs.
Want everything in this collection. But if I had to choose just one look, it would be the grey button-up jacket with knit diamond paneling styled with a peak-label 'bib' (lined in sunflower yellow shearling) worn nonchalantly over an elongated white-shirt with detachable collar.
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