If your Instagram feed hasn’t informed you, then we will: Pitti Uomo is over. But it had a great run—not just on the runways and in the showrooms, but on the streets outside said runways and showrooms.
The international menswear cognoscenti are descending upon Florence as we speak, for the 84th installment of Pitti Immagine Uomo.
And as any well-read menswear enthusiast will tell you, it pays to know what exactly all the fuss is about (especially if you find yourself flipping through Tumblr or in a heated debate with your tailor in the next few days). So with that in mind, we’ve prepared an A-to-Z primer of talking points and trivia that should get you through the semi-annual spectacle of peacockery.
You may have heard the news of the recent split between Umit Benan and Trussardi ringing across #menswear land over the past few days (it only became official yesterday). And while it all sounded like just another power move in the tumultuous business of fashion, anyone with a vested interest in their tailoring—whether or not you’re keeping an eye on the runways—ought to know what it all could mean to them.
Surely your Tumblr dashboard has alerted you to the momentous semiannual gathering of epic Italianate peacockery that is Pitti Uomo, which is wrapping up in Florence right now—and per usual, there was some handsome stuff, some inspiring stuff and a few head-scratchers…
It’s visibly winter over there, so we saw a lot of leather five-fingered pocket squares (everyone seemed to think their hands should suffer the cold for fashion), some blankets worn as scarves, and hats. Hats everywhere. Most troubling was the emergence of a few floppy-brimmed hats that fell somewhere between Blossom and Gandalf, but there were some great examples of sensible soft-brimmed fedoras, knit caps and hats of every stripe, too. So we rounded up the various street style photos, Instagrams and Twitpics from the usual suspects in menswear—including those actually in Florence—and found our favorite toppers of the bunch.
Pitti Uomo. Surely you’ve heard the commotion—half a world away, buyers and editors swathed in a spectrum of Italian linen and ceruleans wading through the pools of street style photogs snapping away—but the real action wasn’t in Florence, or the blogs. It was all happening in real time, on Twitter. So we culled the list of fashion folk who made the transatlantic voyage, and compiled their various twitpics and Instagrams to get a good look at what to expect for spring 2013.
Here’s something fresh in from Pitti Uomo that you won’t have to wait till 2013 to get your hands on: Manebí footwear.
They’re part espadrille (with a rope sole), part tuxedo slipper (some are embroidered with an octopus, for instance), and you can even get them in suede. They’re basically the physical manifestation of the spirit of Saint-Tropez. (Where they were designed, naturally.) Keep them handy for your next semiformal beach bonfire.
Here’s one of our favorite affectations of Pitti Uomo so far: the full-body scarf.
It’s bold, sure, but there’s something regal about it, as if the don pictured were about to lead a Roman regiment into battle. The dun-colored sheet works especially well played against a neutral-gray suit with only a slightly more colorful shirt and tie. That makes it one of the more restrained outfits we’ve seen out of Florence this time around, and also one of the sharpest.
It goes to show, there’s more to style than eye-popping colors and prints.
On the heels of Fashion Week, Daily Intel has spotted an interesting trend: models with shoulder-length hair, even at shows for otherwise classic brands like Steven Alan and Tommy Hilfiger.
Intel’s got a bunch of theories, including the down economy and the decline of the clean-cut banker—and Don Draper types—but we know Italian style when we see it, and we’re going to call this as one more example of Continental Drift.
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