If the big news on the Milan Fashion Week Men’s AW18/19 catwalks were Prada’s techily literal take on janitor chic and some on-the-nose interpretations of westernwear from the likes of Dsquared2 and Palm Angels, then the story on the sidewalks outside the shows was a more hodge-podge, trend-omnivorous affair. Here are a few memorable mash-ups we spotted...
INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
MFW MEN'S AW18 STREET STYLE
By Matt Glazebrook, 18 January 2018
This guy’s committing some sort of sartorial subcultural blasphemy, pairing his none-more-70s-punk tartan trews and ‘Anarchy’ T-shirt with a black The North Face puffer jacket and Nike trainers straight out of a 90s hip-hop video, plus an 80s terrace casual bowl cut. But does he look like he cares for your era-specific purism?
Meet Mario, he’s a handsome Italian exchange student. When he’s not riding a Vespa, seducing your girlfriend and making a perfect cacio e pepe, he likes to do some lovely colour work with his preppy, Paninaroesque garms. This navy tee, salmon denim jacket and high-waisted tan trousers confection, for instance.
‘Alexa, show me all of the AW17/18 trends at once.’ And after scrolling through page after page of Google image search results, ‘Alexa, how about all the trends but in a single, close-up picture?’ Hold my beer, says this guy, zipping his techy, 90s-neon track jacket over a classic pinstripe workshirt, and buttoning a puffer jacket (in heritage check) (with a shearling lining) over the top.
You’ve got two main ways to go with the hoodie-under-overcoat (AKA 'just nipped out for a pint of milk but accidentally look super cool doing it') sartorial move. You can go for a neutral coat in grey, camel or black, and add some graphic interest with your sweat, or you flip it and throw a bold patterned top-layer over a monochrome base. Like this guy here, winning bonus points for his minimal black accessories at the same time.
There’s something a little ‘late 70s Blue Peter presenter’ about this fella, with his corduroy dungarees, patchwork jumper and bright, stripy scarf – the homeliness undercut somewhat by crisp, white fashion-issue sneaks and an aggressive buzzcut. ‘Yeah, I can make a Tracy Island out of toilet rolls and Fairy Liquid bottles. What of it?‘