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Best of Milan Menswear Fall/Winter 2012

After a few season’s on the lull, Milan was back on track with a season full of covetable collections that are sure to get your man inspired to re-tool his wardrobe come Fall 2012.

We’ve compiled a list of our top three shows to keep you up-to-date on all that’s new ahead from Milan.

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Prada-

Leave it Miuccia Prada to combine the machismo of vaguely 30′s and 40′s German/Austrian military lifestyle notes with something as disparate as 60′s and 70′s era mods and dandies for a look that was effortlessly cool, complex, gentrified and full of references paired like never seen before.

An elegant parade of long double-breasted coats, suiting in surprising shades of purple and muted mustard and handsome layering throughout made this a remarkable winner of a collection that’s sure to be remembered for season’s to come.

To play into the pomp & circumstance and regality of her collection, Prada cast a formidable crew of leading characters as individual as they may be that included Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Adrian Brody.

Jil Sander-

Although a bulk of the collection had an aggressive, deliberately cold streak that was brought on by fluid, oversized leathers and head-to-toe black, Raf Simons brought practicality into the picture with an assortment of precise tailoring that was on par with the Jil Sander man.

That being said, this is a house that will always deliver when it comes to high-performance work-minded gear and it was a joy to see Simons subvert that into something exquisitely dark, brooding and melancholic.

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Valentino-

While they’ve proven their skills at women’s wear at Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli presented a triumphant collection for men next season that’s destined to catapult their status in the spectrum once and for all.

Based on a foundation of slim, masterfully cut monochrome suits with a vaguely 60′s vibe, the duo sent out a varied range of must-have takes on classic coats and jackets re-imagined for a modern man in relaxed dropped-shouldered, curved cocoon shapes and rich jewel tones.

-Naveed Hussain

Published on January 19, 2012

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