By  on June 16, 2011

MILAN — As the final countdown of what will make it down the runways gets under way, WWD asked a crop of top designers and brands to share the season’s must-have look or their collections’ overall mood. New printing or knitting techniques; navy blue pleated trousers; contrasting elements and reinventing the classics have emerged as highlights heading into the Milan men’s shows that kick off Saturday. But since all work and no play make for a dull fashion pack, designers also suggested their favorite, off-the-beaten-track spots, from cozy watering holes to edgy shops.

Angela Missoni
The anchor piece:
A moss stitchknitted suit with a blazer that features a multistitch jacquard panel.

Cool hot spots: The Latteria di San Marco in Via San MarcoMilano, an intimate little restaurant with a homey atmosphere. The coolconcept store called Wait and See of Uberta Zambeletti Camerana in ViaSanta Marta 14.

Soundtrack: The show will be set in anold raw foundry that used to make church bells, so the music is basedaround celebratory events with an energetic and classical twist.

Giorgio Armani:
“For the upcoming spring collection, I have developed a new concept of the print with a pearlized and luminous effect. The print used on the both shirts and pants creates an interesting visual effect that elongates the figure. The silhouette is defined by a formal contrasting jacket, soft and fluid, and with lapels that set off the proportions.”

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