Giorgio Armani, the Master of Milan, Luxe Classics and Emerging New Designers, Menswear Fall/Winter 2023

Twice a year menswear brands reinvent themselves for us; the luscious results being the fashion weeks that we long for. Whether we yearn for something spanking new and experimental, or updates on the beloved classics, these shows offer us more than incredible apparel. We have the privilege of exploring the innermost thought processes of our favorite designers through the fashions they present. It’s an opportunity that we wouldn’t miss for the world. Let’s dig in together and discover what’s new.

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This model dressed in coordinated sailor cap, red corset, skirt and toggle coat has a bloody nose and yellow-green “bruise” on the side of his face. (Don’t fret, it’s just make-up.) Is JW Anderson suggesting to us that people who stretch the boundaries, who refuse to be categorized by culture’s definition of “appropriate” sometimes get hurt for their beliefs? Image: vogue.com. Giorgio Armani ended his runway show with gorgeous couples sauntering down the runway, as if on their way to the casino, the opera, or a fantastic evening out. Image: vogue.com. Brilliant colors in unexpected silhouettes by Dhruv Kapoor. Image: milanfashionweek.com. Understated elegance; cashmere classics by Brioni. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Refined western wear by luxury Boglioli Milano brand. Image: milanfashioweek.com.

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Boglioli Milano. Classic western apparel enhanced by sumptuous Italian craftsmanship. Image: milanfashioweek.com.

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Magnificent tailoring by Boglioli Milano. Image: milanfashioweek.com.

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Western style “Sunday Go-To-Meeting” tie with bespoke double breasted jacket and sleek gaucho hat. Think a refined Clint Eastwood as the sheriff moseying down the dusty road to the town’s only saloon for a sarsaparilla. (Or maybe something a bit stronger.) Boglioli Milano. Image: milanfashioweek.com.

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Creative Director Hideaki Shikama is a designer with a vision of the world at peace. Children of the Discordance. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Children of the Discordance. Image: milanfashionweek.com. Fabulous ski jacket fashioned using upcycled bandanas, vintage t-shirts and newly created textiles, many painted by hand.

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Graffiti and fringe makes a bold statement. Children of the Discordance. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Cargo pants to the extreme teamed with a retro cardigan. Children of the Discordance. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Children of the Discordance. Image: milanfashionweek.com. Reclaimed fabrics and hand painting to craft distinctive outerwear.

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Crafted from remnants of vintage coats, an exceptional harlequin referenced trench. Children of the Discordance. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Pared down, understated elegance by Zegna, an Italian luxury brand with a 110 year tradition in excellence. Image: vogue.com. Creative director Alessandro Sartori works sublime magic with the world’s finest fabrics. Image: vogue.com.

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Cozy cashmere. Tonal red ensemble. Zegna. Image: vogue.com.

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Zegna. Oversize logos are unnecessary. Image: vogue.com.

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Gorgeous in its simplicity: leather jacket paired with full legged draped cashmere trousers. Zegna. Image: vogue.com.

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Dreamy apricot pattern jacket by Zegna. Image: vogue.com. Watch the runway show here.

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Funky body builder t-shirt by JW Anderson. Image: vogue.com.

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Fabulous faux fur by Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson who established JW Anderson in 2008. Image: vogue.com.

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Fluffy trim on men’s lingerie. JW Anderson fabricates thought-provoking silhouettes blending the gap between menswear and womenswear. Image: vogue.com.

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Stunning leather trench coat by JW Anderson. Image: vogue.com.

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Gender fluid leather ruffled shorts. Award winning JW Anderson offers garments that are interchangeable between men and women. Image: vogue.com. Watch the runway show here.

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Brioni classic taupe leather blazer and fitted trousers. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Luxurious cashmere car coat the color of Scottish cream. Brioni. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Smart grey double breasted bespoke jacket. Brioni was founded in Rome by visionary duo Nazareno Fonticoli, a master tailor, and his business partner Gaetano Savini in 1945. In 1952 Brioni hosted the first ever men’s fashion show. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Norbert Stumpfl, the design director of the Brioni brand bases his philosophy on the foundation that Brioni should be about understated and personal luxury. This collection is truly the essence of sublime extravagance. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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World famous monster Godzilla motif over multiple layers by Dhruv Kapoor. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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The collections are defined by Kapoor’s signature juxtaposing design and attention to detail, with an emphasis on tailoring and an eclectic use of materials and custom-developed fabrics. Dhruv Kapoor. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Fun fashion; a story as told by Dhruv Kapoor. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Otherworldly alien motif kimono jacket by Dhruv Kapoor. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

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Godzilla’s arch enemy Gigan ready to pounce, paired with denim bells. Dhruv Kapoor. Image: milanfashionweek.com.

Watch the exuberant runway show here.

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Giorgio Armani, the Maestro, shows us all how it’s done. Elongated navy blue coat over vest. Image: vogue.com.

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Easy going, elegant savoir faire is signature Armani. Image: vogue.com.

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Faux leopard full length coat. Giorgio Armani. Image: vogue.com.

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Gorgeous bomber jacket. Giorgio Armani. Image: vogue.com.

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The effortless drape of this coat speaks of Armani’s genius with inconspicuous elegance. Giorgio Armani. Image: vogue.com.

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Asymmetrical zip leather jacket paired with trim loden trousers. Giorgio Armani. Image: vogue.com.

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Thank you, Maestro, for bringing back the band collar. Monotone navy ensemble looks supremely sophisticated. Giorgio Armani. Image: vogue.com.

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Magnificent graphic leather bomber jacket. Giorgio Armani. Image: vogue.com.

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At 88 years young, il Maestro Girogio Armani remains the fashion King of Cool and the Sultan of Suave. If you watch one runway show from Milan Menswear Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023, make it this one. Watch the Armani show here.

 

Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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