Milan Fashion Week has come and gone this week, having presented dozens of dynamic collections from some of the most outstanding labels in the men’s fashion industry.

What I like about Milan Fashion Week is the emphasis on Italy’s long sartorial traditions, fine taste for elegance, and practical wearability.

So let me sum up some of the more prominent trends in the 2013 autumn/winter collections that were on the runway.

My first observation was the abundance of the monochromatic grey palette.  I like grey in that it is easy to pair with other color combinations. But at Milan Fashion
Week, grey was presented in an entire silhouette from head to toe.

Another trend that I noticed was the large collar and lapel, as well as a high neckline as in the good ole’ fashioned “turtleneck.” I personally love the look, but I have never been able to wear high necklines with my sweaters.  Maybe I will have to
try again to become accustomed to them.

Additional elements include stylish fur trims, 3-button jackets, and a palette of nature’s colors.

Some racier looks appeared on the runway like Versace’s lace biker shorts and Moncler’s plaid attire with matching kilts.

But the bizarre awards definitely go to JW Anderson’s strapless ensemble and Man’s version of Matthew 7:3-5, which featured planks of wood as massive headpiece.

Apart from the few avant-garde looks, Italy’s fashion hub stuck to what I would some up as “conventionality.”

As for my favorite look of the show, which, in my opinion summarizes the directional trends in menswear, I would have to say: Etro (photo), which combines influences from the Himalayas, Japan, and Europe

Stay tuned next week for the Paris Fashion Week Rap Up!

Photo Copyright Etro

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