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.

MISSONI
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
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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