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Milan’s designers share their sources of inspiration ahead of their fall 2018 shows.

“Tribal” — Andreas Melbostad, creative director of Diesel Black Gold

“Outdoor spirit clashes with evolved tailoring, technology merges with tradition in a new expression of winter couture.” — Alessandro Sartori, artistic director of Ermenegildo Zegna Couture

“I have imagined my airplane forced landing on Mt. Everest. The collection is about what do I see and wear after I get off the airplane. A stunning mix of colors, a deep contrast between bold shades and the land.” — Yoshio Kubo

“Cifonelli for fall 2018 represents the ultimate modern gentlemen while referencing British elegance at its pinnacle.” — John Vizzone, creative director of Cifonelli

“A sophisticated medieval knight is walking the runway of Les Hommes this season.” — Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch, creative directors of Les Hommes

“I fused garments with real plants to print their own shadow on fabrics and create a collection in harmony with nature.” — Federico Curradi

“While respecting the academic codes of elegance, the collection is defined by a contemporary and frisky use of details and unusual techniques.” — Dondup design team

“My fall 2018 men’s collection is extremely versatile — elegant and active at the same time. The inspiration varies from streetwear to the elegant heritage of the brand.” — Giuseppe Zanotti, creative director of Giuseppe Zanotti

“As always, I started with the reinterpretation of a part of American culture trying to remix that with an unexpected point of view. It’s all about contrasts. That’s exactly what I found in David Black’s Cerro Gordo series.” — Francesco Ragazzi, creative director of Palm Angels

“University of casuality.” — Massimo Giorgetti, creative director of MSGM

“It all happened during our latest trip to Tokyo. In a record store, we found a New Radicals’ CD that brought us back to our youth. Those songs immediately became our everyday soundtrack and inspiration.” — Loris Messina and Simone Rizzo, creative directors of Sunnei

“FW18 is a curation of technical fabrications with our signature aesthetics featured across garments, accessories and footwear, instilled from Britain’s Nineties working-class.” — George Heaton, founder of Represent

“For the 2018/19 winter season the Billionaire man takes a walk in the enchanted woods of the most renowned mountain resorts.” — Philipp Plein, creative director of Billionaire

“I took this photo at the Het Nieuwe Instituut (Netherlands Architecture Institute) in Rotterdam. It became my focus for the season. Strength, bold contrasts and textures.” — Lee Wood, creative director of Dirk Bikkembergs

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