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Men'sWeek issue 06/20/2013

From the rigor of sports to the call of the Orient, inspiration comes in many guises for designers set to show in Milan.


This story first appeared in the June 20, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“Damascus steel is the precious inspiration for a sharp and charming masculine allure, where elegance is the protagonist. The exquisite designs and the architectural sobriety derived from the world of rare knives, and blades create a sophisticated and sensual universe made to be discovered and savored — cool, refined and timeless as style itself.”

— Roberto Cavalli, creative director, Roberto Cavalli

NEXT: Salvatore Ferragamo >>


“A recovery of classical antiquity and beauty without compromises: a perfect physicality, the rigor of sports, masculine moments of leisure. Reminiscent of the Thirties, an expression of the true soul of architectural rationalism — in the background, a city with metaphysical contours accentuates the ideal of an absolute linear purity. The color range, from white to light blue up to blue, is accentuated by green grass and rust.”

— Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director, Salvatore Ferragamo

NEXT: Etro >>


“Zorro is the man without a face, doing good without being recognized and rewarded. He is one who gives without asking, he is one who serves, who puts himself at others’ service without demanding anything in return. This is the true revolution!”

— Kean Etro, creative director, Etro

NEXT: Missoni >>


“In recognition of Missoni’s 60th anniversary, the collection draws inspiration from the family’s focus on innovating new knit techniques, this season inspired by the radiant textiles and landscapes of West Africa.”

— Angela Missoni, creative director, Missoni

NEXT: Moncler Gamme Bleu >>


“All rounder.”

— Thom Browne, creative director, Moncler Gamme Bleu

NEXT: Diesel Black Gold >>


“With the attempts to control Nature, humankind has created a new, futuristic, technological yet furious Nature. The next environment will be wilder and unpredictable. New generations of urban botanical gardens, new species, odd forms and new synthetic colors. A silent war between two contrasting worlds. Nature against technology.’’

— Creative team, Diesel Black Gold

NEXT: Canali >>


“For spring-summer 2014, Canali wisely mixes its Italian soul with an international spirit. Giorgio Morandi and Yves Klein are the two main muses for colors, patterns and shapes.”

— Elisabetta Canali, communications director, Canali

NEXT: Corneliani >>


“From Mantua to Sumatra, passing through Shanghai…by air, sea or land…a journey to the edge of the Orient, stretched toward the future to serve an aesthetic with influences running from the traditional to the ultramodern.”

— Sergio Corneliani, creative director, Corneliani

NEXT: Les Hommes >>


“The thought of what felt relevant for spring coincided with the need to think about purity and honesty of the shapes, colors and textiles whilst exploring something romantic.”

— Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch, creative directors, Les Hommes

NEXT: Umit Benan >>


“There was once a Turkish gentleman….”

— Umit Benan, creative director, Umit Benan

NEXT: Dirk Bikkembergs >>


“The new men’s collection is inspired by the creative contrast between the organic feel and the technical concept.”

— Hamish Morrow, creative director, Dirk Bikkembergs

NEXT: Ports 1961 >>

PORTS 1961

“A reinterpretation of abstract geometric installations applied to form, fit and graphics.”

— Fiona Cibani, creative director, and Ian Hylton, men’s wear designer, Ports 1961

NEXT: Belstaff >>


“The collection is a balance between utility and adventure — the two pillars of the Belstaff brand.”

Martin Cooper, creative director, Belstaff

NEXT: Ermanno Scervino >>


“For the upcoming season, I thought of a man with a strong, timeless style.”

— Ermanno Scervino, designer, Ermanno Scervino

NEXT: Z Zegna >>


“Architectural evening proposals in high-performance and contemporary fabrications.”

— Paul Surridge, creative director, Z Zegna

NEXT: MP Massimo Piombo >>


“The power of glamour with an eccentric attitude.”

— Massimo Piombo, designer, MP Massimo Piombo

NEXT: Andrea Incontri >>


“The new Andrea Incontri collection is dedicated to life on the seaside and the figure of the lighthouse keeper.”

— Andrea Incontri, creative director, Andrea Incontri

NEXT: Brioni >>


“Under the summer sun, there’s still room for sartorial elegance.”

— Brendan Mullane, creative director, Brioni


NEXT: Jet Set >>


“The Jet Set man: a modern attitude, where fashion meets comfort and performance.”

— Massimo Suppancig, chief executive officer, Jet Set

NEXT: Andrea Pompilio >>


“Signature prints are reproduced on fabrics and various materials, with new combinations of textures — for instance, a glossy white trench of coated linen. Paisley, batik, geometric and optical graphics appear on garments like hallucinations, even on denim. The tailored suit, striped or printed, needs to be worn with a poplin shirt with the collar popped.”

— Andrea Pompilio, designer, Andrea Pompilio

NEXT: Iceberg >>


“The inspiration of the new Iceberg men’s collection stems from the observation of urban attitudes — to discover dynamism and metropolitan movement.”

— Creative team, Iceberg

NEXT: Calvin Klein >>


“Celebration of summer.”

— Italo Zucchelli, Men’s Creative Director