If there were a prize for the most original presentation, Gaia Trussardi would scoop it: The designer offered food for thought along with an appealing mix of deluxe, athletic style.

At the library of Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera, a handsome cast of young dancers and acting graduates welcomed guests with improvisations and staged monologues on morals, and the powers of good and evil, which they recited from the works of Voltaire, Pirandello, Kant and Baudelaire.

“Because fashion is also culture, not just product,” Trussardi explained, adding: “We always talk about lifestyle, but I actually wanted to give the experience of one, and not just an image.”

The thought translated well into clothing. Sporty joggers were rendered in textured linen, soft raffia or light leather, playing with the notion of hard and soft, street and chic. Trussardi paired those with tunic shirts and fine knits in a palette of stone, beige, gray and blue.

The outerwear had bohemian airs, as in a masculine trench in double-face linen and cotton, mimicking denim, or reversible cardigan-suit jackets that came in a soft, woven cotton rather than being knitted.