Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Menswear from D&G and Versace – Milan Fashion Week

On Monday, Versace showed its A/W 2011 menswear collection in Milan, in an homage to the 1980s with patterned sweaters, suits, trousers and accents of beige that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond film of yore. Slick tailoring …

Wed, Jan 19, 2011, 13:00

   

On Monday, Versace showed its A/W 2011 menswear collection in Milan, in an homage to the 1980s with patterned sweaters, suits, trousers and accents of beige that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond film of yore. Slick tailoring was juxtaposed with fun accents – driving gloves, anyone? – and slicked-back hairstyles that might just signify a return to sleeker looks, a move away from the pervasiveness of casual chic that has infected all over the past decade.

I’m a big fan of this look – although it does remind me of the creepy character in the first (of the new) Charlie’s Angel film. The lapels on the coat above, for example, are a nice touch on an otherwise quite accessible and dare I add unoriginal basic. And though I usually dislike contrasting soles, I think the entirely formal shoe with the beige sole is something that little bit different while staying within the staple of formalwear. Thumbs up.

Next it’s D&G, whose collection was a huge leap away from Versace’s men-in-tailoring showcase. A leather bomber jacket, lime green headphones, tweed waistcoat and cropped velvet trousers? FUN! Especially when set against those slick trainers. I love when fashion embraces the whimsy, and this collection did just that, without reinventing the wheel (who doesn’t fear change?) and, crucially, without alienating the male population.

This whole collection to me is just brilliant. Men of Ireland, take some chances! But behold, they don’t need to be huge risks. Let your crotch hang a little lower (but buy your trousers tailored as such; don’t just wear them with the waistband below your hips); experiment with tone, and fabrics (who doesn’t love a bit of velvet?); try pairing your suits with some trainers, for a slick change – and LOOK INTO TWEED! Tweed is very cool, and Topman has a great selection of mix ‘n’ match pieces you could add into your existing wardrobe.

You don’t need to come over all “fashion”, but D&G’s show is a really fun way of looking at menswear – by taking some, not loads, but some small chances.