Pitti Uomo 89 was a melting pot of the best in menswear, inspiring street style and of course, sprezzatura...
The iconic menswear trade show held in the Fortezza da Basso in Florence (a towering metaphor for the military Renaissance architecture) brings together some of the best menswear style. An array of exhibitors, buyers, designers, journalists, photographers and bloggers all dressed to kill make each edition of Pitti memorable.
Roney Simons and Annou Iyer of TrendLAB, Pitti Immagine's India office say, "Pitti as an organisation has always managed to bring the best, scout the world for the most eclectic artists, the most eclectic designers and they actually reach out and bring them to the stage here. It’s one of the most carefully choreographed shows and that’s what keeping it on the cutting edge."
Pitti's peacocks swagger around with their characteristic nonchalance whipping the Instagram into an orgiastic overdose of sartorial perfection.
A lesson in layering
This time Fall Winter 2016 was the focus and one saw an interplay of layers, colours and textures - topcoats worn over three piece suits, bomber jackets accented with pocket squares and camel coats layered over acid green suits which thankfully added colour to the gloomy and rainy Florence weather. Knee-length overcoats, windowpane checked blazer and plaid suits outshone everything else.
Olive green and blue
The classic white and blue combo is integral to the closet of a Florentine dandy. One usually sees different tones of blue - navy blue, midnight blue and ink blue clashed with white sneakers, white shirts and white well-fitted trousers which expose the ankles. However, this time military green, olive green sort of competed with the countervailing Pitti blue. Multi-pocketed parkas with hoodie detailings, shearling accented peacoats and fur-laced jumpers spelled an autumnal vibe like nothing else.
Art of accessorising!
Suit lapels and aviator sunnies seem to be the ultimate buddies at Pitti. Nifty wayfarers in tortoise shells beautifully accented the navy blue suits and so did vibrant pocket square tucked into the blazer pocket with a insouciant flourish. Pocket watches, bracelets, handcuffs add to the metallic sheen of these dapper ensembles. Also, it was raining fedoras and bowler hats in sumptuous tones of wines.
Putting the camel coat on the map
The classic camel coats were not only trending at the stalls but were also seen on buyers and editors strutting up and down the venue. Different tones of camel like the cappuccino beige, sand dune tones and chocolate camel proved that they are the best layering options.
Manish Mishra is the Fashion Editor of DNA After Hrs and a Men's Fashion Influencer.
Illustration by our regular contributor Mehandee Meera Dureja.