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The top five trends from Milan Men’s Fashion Week AW18

From clashing prints to hiking boots and signs that your daily commute is about to get a whole lot more fashionable, we’ve highlighted the top five trends from this weekend’s Milan Men’s Fashion Week

Ruairidh Pritchard
Ruairidh Pritchard ,

Sitting in the calendar between London Fashion Week Men’s and Paris Fashion Week Men’s, Milan Men’s Fashion Week has always been something of the middle child of what many now refer to as Men’s Fashion Month, but this season it has shown serious potential to outshine its sartorial siblings.

In the past traditional Italian menswear brands have dominated the schedule, showing timeless tailoring and evergreen wardrobe staples. This season’s Milan Men’s Fashion Week has seen a bit of sea change, however, with brand and labels across the board adopting more of an adventurous, trend-led and contemporary take on the menswear wardrobe. Here we’ve selected our top five trends from what could be for many the favourite fashion week of the season.

The biggest trend of the season across all men’s fashion weeks thus far has been shearling, already being heralded as the hero autumn/winter wardrobe item. The Milanese catwalks saw many contemporary takes on the winter classic, including an oversized metallic jacket from Dirk Bikkembergs, a monochromatic coat at Neil Barrett and a timeless tan number at Diesel Black Gold.



Clashing prints seen at Gucci, Palm Angels and Versace

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Print clash
Making the loudest statement of the week, clashing prints were the standout trend from some of the most fashion-forward brands showing in Milan. Whether it was Prada’s composite prints made up of archival prints from the brand’s previous collections, Palm Angels’ glossy patchwork tartan shirts worn under multicoloured knitted bombers, or Versace’s tiger-print second-skin tops matched with acid-bright shirts bearing typically Versace motifs, it was clear that matching and complementary prints were not on the menu this season.



Hiking boots spotted at Giorgio Armani, Frankie Morello and MSGM

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Hiking boots
The clear footwear trend of the season was perhaps also a prediction about the weather for autumn/winter 2018/19. Hardwearing hiking boots were seen stomping down the catwalks of the traditional and trend-led shows alike. From Giorgio Armani’s formal take to Frankie Morello’s studded white leather boots and MSGM’s chunky-soled brown hiking boots, hardy footwear will be a key trend for autumn/winter.



Models dressed for extreme weather at GCDS, Frankie Morello and Fendi

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All-weather dressing
Further underlining the prospect of inclement weather, and interpreted by some as a comment on environmental issues, all-weather dressing was more prominent across the autumn/winter collections than ever before. From Fendi’s monogrammed raincoats and umbrella hats to padded rain ponchos (paired with hiking boots) at GCDS and a studded puffer coat at Frankie Morello, keeping dry and warm has never been so fashionable.



Stylish workwear was seen at Fendi, Giorgio Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna

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Tailoring at Milan Fashion Week is, of course, to be expected, but the kinds of looks shown this season took on a distinctly more fashionable everyday feel. From loosely cut check suits and leather briefcases at Fendi to double-breasted suits paired with crocodile leather backpacks at Giorgio Armani and sharp, single-button suits with pouches (and hiking boots) at Ermenegildo Zegna, it’s clear the daily commute is about to get a lot more chic.



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