What we loved about Milan AW16
Affairs of the heart
Calm, quiet luxury was the order of the day at Bottega Veneta, Boglioli and Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. There were no desperate cries for attention; the clothes were a wonderful respite from the outré and garish, offering a very welcome safe haven for the street style weary. Not boring clothes, just a quiet, understated elegance: clothes that required no gimmicks or cheap thrills to garner Instagram likes. "It is very calm, very assured. This man knows what he is doing. There are no tricks, nothing ostentatious," said Tomas Maier, Creative Director of Bottega Veneta. "It is very discreet, but if you look closely, it is very special."
For those a little less inclined towards discretion, the reflective outerwear at Versace and Calvin Klein Collection were top picks for candid street style moments. When the battery of the pedestrian fashionista's phone has died (no selfies, gasp!), there isn't a mirror in sight and the need to gaze upon his/her own reflection is strong, a shiny jacket will have to do. Perhaps like Narcissus, they too will be lost in the beauty of their own reflection, lose all will to live and then starve to a size zero and beyond.
The cloth and colour we absolutely want to be wearing next autumn is green velvet. I can't tell you just yet when and where I will be wearing a coat in dark, velvety green to, but it made my heart sing and who am I to deny myself a chance at happiness? As resplendent as it looks, I'm not entirely certain I have the cojones to wear an entire suit in said material à la Bottega Veneta or Gucci, but an overcoat by way of Bally will certainly bring out my inner pimp, though with far less cash and zero swagger.
Glen plaid will always have a very special place in my heart. Popularised by the Duke of Windsor, the check within a check pattern is sometimes called the Prince of Wales and in my mind, is indeed the princeliest plaid. A Glen plaid overcoat will forever be a staple in any man's wardrobe and is a nice break from standard camel or navy fare, as evidenced at Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Kiton and Salvatore Ferragamo.