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On The Runway: Pitti Uomo 94, Spring 2019

Garnering over 30,000 visitors and 7 million social media interactions in just 4 days, the world witnessed the launch of the latest fashion trends and projects at Pitti Uomo 94. The men’s fashion week prides itself as the benchmark standard for menswear and the accoutrements of men’s lifestyle, attracting the most important Italian and international buyers and the best international press. For Pitti Uomo 94, fashion scouts were not disappointed with its exclusive list of fresh and upcoming brands.

On The Runway: Pitti Uomo 94, Spring 2019

Sportswear remains the formula for popularity. Riding the streetwear wave, brands delivered what consumers wanted: on-trend sportswear to the tune of chunky sneakers, straight cut jeans, and panelled track suits. It was all almost too safe and predictable.

Some did impress, nonetheless.

Of the brands that rose to the occasion, Sunnei had to be one of them. Power duo Loris Messina and Simone Rizzo presented a comprehensive collection of graphic stripes and sporty silhouette with accents of bright colours.

Glenn Martens’ work with Diesel served wilder cuts and bolder colours, in the form of deconstructed suits and patent leather jeans.

Stefano Dorian Tarantini’s M1992 presentation merged cult and club-like motifs with the flair of 1980s Italian fashion. The collection featured bold corporate wear and industrial outerwear against obvious nods to street style – a fresh and dynamic collision of opposites.

Canali Men’s Spring 2019

Canali Men’s Spring 2019

Canali Men’s Spring 2019

Canali showed what they did best: classic formalwear staples with finesse.

Versace introduced a collection chock full of pieces that gratified Hautebeasts all round.

In similar vein, DSquared2 showed sportswear in all its chunky, sloppy, and oversized Hautebeast glory, albeit in bolder cuts and colours.

Fendi’s collection stood out for its young yet polished and elegant textures. Chic, yet playful at all the appropriate times.

Stella McCartney attempted to introduce formalwear while keeping it soft and casual for the younger crowd against immense interest in streetwear.

Miuccia Prada continues to keep things all at once on trend with sporty silhouettes, arresting with cuts and statement headgear, and decorous with suede for her signature regal touch.

In classic Giorgio Armani manner, the collection featured relaxed and soft tailoring to keep outlook for the pieces wearable and effortless.

The team at Ermenegildo Zegna introduced its most vibrant collection to date, with neon suits and brights making their mark on almost every look. Satori calls the collection “Weightlessness” and defines it through elegant design and performance.

MSGM offered easy-to-wear pieces that bring aesthetic and comfort to discerning consumers. Staying true to the commercial sense of Italian fashion houses, the collection was wonderfully pragmatic.




Dsquared2: Soccer Suiting

Jerseys and shorts are well and good on the football field (where the beauty of the game takes centrestage), but they’re reprehensible everywhere else. That’s why professional teams and players are partnering with designer labels to cultivate their fashion sense. As the Official Fashion Partner of Manchester City, Dsquared2 is responsible for dressing members in exclusive pre-match uniforms when they travel for their Champions League games. The sophomore collection again mixes formal tailoring and off-duty denim looks — a distinct Dsquared2 signature — and proudly showcases the “modern-original” club badge: near the notch lapel of a tailored jacket, on a narrow tie, on the back of a navy felted wool peacoat. The season’s accessories come in the form of a lace-up military boot, lace-up leather shoes, belt, and knitted scarf and hat.

“Our work is shaped by our passion for the game and for the faces of this team, as well as our close friendship with [manager] Pep Guardiola,” says designers Dean and Dan Caten. “We worked closely with him and the rest of the team to define each piece. The looks celebrate the youth, athleticism and contemporary masculinity of these amazing and stylish players and their coach.” With the diverse personalities of City’s athletes and their lean physiques that frame clothes flawlessly, Dsquared2 has found the perfect match to exercise their commitment to the most popular sport in the world.

Words by Yong Wei Jian

World-Famous Designers Dress Rio 2016 Athletes

The hype is on. It is finally 2016, and the Rio Olympics is fast becoming an increasingly discussed topic, for good and otherwise – even in the world of fashion although happily, the news is all good here. With less than a month left on the countdown clock, world-famous designers have been tapped to dress athletic teams. May the odds ever be in the best team’s favor.

Stella McCartney for Team Great Britain


Following her work for the London 2012 Olympics kit, the British designer has once again been roped into designing for the opening and closing ceremonies of her hometown team. Featuring a high-tech fabric from Adidas that is 10% lighter than that of the 2012 kit (she collaborated with the sports label on that occasion), the athletes receive a boost to go further and faster. The collection also incorporates the red, white and blue of the Union Jack flag, as well as a specially commissioned Coat of Arms.

Polo Ralph Lauren for Team USA 


Who else, really, but Polo Ralph Lauren, the quintessential American athletic brand? Marking their fifth partnership with Team USA (they’re pretty much veterans themselves), the collection melds the label’s signature preppy style with the classic red, blue and white of the American flag (a lot of flags use this color combination). Supporters would be pleased to know that the looks are up for purchase here, with all proceeds going to USOC, a non-profit organization that sends American athletes to the Olympic games.

DSquared2 for Team Canada


Formal meets casual athleticism with Dean and Dan Caten, designers behind the world-acclaimed Canadian brand DSquared2. For Team Canada’s opening ceremony, the label injects its country’s red, white, black and iconic maple leaf emblem into a range of jackets, shirts and pants. Described as modern yet traditionally Canadian, replicas of the collection are available at all Hudson’s Bay locations across Canada, and online here.

Armani for Team Italy


A reprisal of his role in the 2012 London Olympics, Giorgio Armani once again lends his creative talents to Team Italy this year. The Italian designer taps on his iconic color of midnight blue in this collection of tracksuits, waterproof jackets, polo shirts, pants and beyond. On top of tapping on his elegant style, the range also includes the inscription “Fratelli d’Italia” (Brothers From Italy) as well as C-Cube technology (Carbon Cushion Control) for maximum comfort.

3 Milan Runway Menswear Trends SS 17

All is fair in love, war and fashion. Milan was recently in the grip of Fashion Week as designers showcased what men could look forward to for Spring/Summer 2017. We bring you the three trends that dominated the runways of Milan.

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The men really do get it in the style stakes, thanks to Prada’s colorful collection. With the help of neon piping, lightweight parkas and rain pants, sportswear gains traction as an acceptable outfit. Following in his footsteps is Philipp Plein with a collection that took its inspiration from the all-American basketball attire with tailored leather shorts while the sharp blazers add a little formality to an otherwise laid back outfit. Another brand that trekked down the path of athleisure was Moncler. Channelling an outdoorsy theme, the brand showcased a collection that had a boy scout-themed adventurous outwear.

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Versace brought out a collection that featured lightweight materials for long parkas of semi-transparent nylon, silk shirts reimagined as zip-up blousons and silk knitwear that was tied around the waist. In a similar manner, Salvatore Ferragamo chose to explore the spirit and the attitude of a “restless adventurer”. The result was a whimsical and imaginative show case that would have made any dream come true. Dsquared2 showcased their artistic side with an androgynous glam rock collection influenced by the ‘quiet rebel’.

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Of course, Dolce & Gabbana chose to go loud with a festive inspired show complete with leopard print trousers that really was the star of the show. Marni featured prints in their collection as well, with patterned jackets and accessories. Taking a softer approach to the trend, was Missoni with their multicolored patchwork knitwear that was inspired by the country of Guatemala.

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Dsquared2 to open rooftop restaurant in Milan

dsquared2 twin brothers

Designing twins Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 are joining the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Versace, GQ and Vogue in making their foray into the restaurant business.

Ceresio 7 will open with a glamorous cocktail party this Thursday after Wednesday’s Dsquared2 runway show, as the city celebrates the start of its biannual fashion week.

Set on the top floor of the brand’s Milanese headquarters, and looking over the city, the penthouse restaurant also houses two pools, and options for indoor and outdoor eating.

“If you are stuck in Milan there is no place to go, as public pools here are noisy and not chic. We had London’s Shoreditch House in mind, but here you need to reserve, this is not a by-member but by-capacity locale,” Dan Caten told WWD.

Interior design was in the hands of Storage Studio and Dimore Studio, while the staff will wear Dsquared2 uniforms, “classic, unisex, with long Thirties aprons, long ties, white shirts and black gabardine pants — and sleek hair,” according to Caten.

The food will be taken care of by chef Elio Sironi formerly of the Bulgari Hotel, with the menu featuring seasonal Italian classics (plenty of wood oven baked dishes), a domestic wine list and champagne.

Meanwhile, luxury label Versace is set to open a palatial luxury hotel in Dubai next summer that includes a fine dining restaurant. A Palazzo Versace already exists in Macau.

Roberto Cavalli has the Cavalli Club at the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai, while Vogue opened a café at the Dubai Mall this spring. Men’s lifestyle magazine GQ is also expected to open a new restaurant inside the world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

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DSQUARED² to design Beyonce’s tour costumes

Dean and Dan Caten

The famous Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten will be dressing the pop megastar on her upcoming tour.

Details are at the moment top-secret, but DSQUARED² have announced that they have designed at least one custom-made piece for Beyoncé Knowles as she hits the stage on her upcoming world tour.

“The Mrs Carter Show” kicks off in the Serbian capital Belgrade on April 15 and runs until the final US show in Brooklyn, New York City on August 5.

The brand are promising a “show-stopper of an outfit” that takes its cues from the current, 1990s supermodel-inspired spring/summer collection.

“Beyonce chooses to wear a unique outfit created exclusively for her by Dean and Dan Caten, inspired by an item from the 2013 spring/summer Glamazon catwalk show,” they confirmed to Vogue UK today.

Earlier this year the brothers announced that they will be launching a children’s line for Spring 2014.

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Dsquared2 unveils latest Life Ball Mini

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The brothers behind Canadian fashion label Dsquared2 have unveiled a fashion project of a rather different kind, dressing up a Mini Cooper S in aid of charity.

Dean and Dan Caten, familiar fixtures on the global fashion circuit, unveiled the exclusive Life Ball Mini 2011 in Vienna, the latest in a series of designers to have added their touch to the iconic car.

The twins’ model has been “armed for adventures of all kinds,” with a large front guard, rally-style headlamps and a spare tire mounted to the tailgate.
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Milan readies for men’s fashion fest

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Milan is preparing to host its annual men’s fashion show on Saturday, billed as the biggest in the world.

Thirty-six brands including Dolce&Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Prada are set to take to the catwalks for the four-day fashion festival.

The autumn-winter collection show kicks off on Saturday with top brands including Ermenegildo Zegna, Dolce&Gabbana, Jil Sander and Roberto Cavalli.
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