INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
6 STREET-STYLE STARS FROM MFWM AW19
By Matt Glazebrook, 20 January 2019
Milan: leading light of Lombardy, home to a couple of iconic (and stylishly shirted) football clubs and, for a few days each January and June, host to Europe’s most fashion-forward fellas. As the AW19 menswear shows wrap up, we’re looking to some of the strongest street-stylers who descended on the city for fashion week for our sartorial inspiration.
Look at this cosy boy, keeping it real for January in brown tonal checks. No standing outside the shows shivering in something fabulous but utterly unseasonal for him. Nope, it’s a big statement puffer jacket, done right up, sensible winter boots to tie in some of the tans up top, and a black beanie and matching jeans to finish. Fashion week 1, winter 0.
This guy, by contrast, has got off on the wrong foot with his natty-but-impractical sockless slip-ons – a sort of deconstructed cowboy shoe that’s making our ankles feel cold just by looking at them. Luckily, he more than recovers his composure up top with a toasty, teddy-fur overcoat in charcoal, a brilliant blanket scarf in brown check and a nice pair of burgundy chinos to bring the palette together. Now, as long as he keeps sheltering behind that van, he’ll stay snug and street-style-snappable in equal measure.
You bought a strong, statement suit for the festive season, you crushed it at the work Christmas party and that big New Year’s bash. But now the tinsel’s packed away and the only formal function on the horizon is your niece’s Christening where a patterned two-piece is frankly not going to cut it. Fear not! Make like this showgoer and tone down your tailoring with Converse and a cold-curing roll-neck. From extra to everyday in the blink of an eye.
Nancore (think of it as dadcore played on extreme level) hit the catwalks last winter, but we’ve yet to observe much of it in the wild. Shuffle forward, this lady, rocking the heck out of styles several decades her senior. Turns out, gran-fashion isn’t as tricky as we first thought – just grab some practical, oversized cosiness (that puffer jacket, that big-ass beanie) and keep the whole colour scheme in low-key, pensioner-approved browns and drabs. Oh hey P, more like.
Hiking chic isn’t going anywhere for 2019 (and certainly not up a mountain – it remains very much the key cold-weather cover-up for the more sedentary, sartorial adventurer). Look at this urban outdoorsman – his pocket-heavy anorak in 80s YHA shades says striking out for the Dolomites' summit, but his canvas Vans Authentics say nothing more strenuous than a stroll to the nearest enoteca. And check out his hands – where you might expect him to be clutching an Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale, he’s actually got a fistful of (no doubt front row) fashion week tickets. Standard.
This fashionable fella’s somehow channelling retro checks, 70s bedsit colour scheme steez, DIY punk attitude and 90s dadcore in a single look. Best of all, he’s doing it in a chunky padded jacket that’s comfortably besting the Milanese freeze. Smashed it.