A model gets make up in the backstage before the show for fashion house M1992 during the Men's Spring/Summer 2019 fashion shows in Milan, on June 16, 2018. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO A model gets make up in the backstage before the show for fashion house M1992 during the Men's Spring/Summer 2019 fashion shows in Milan, on June 16, 2018. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO

Milan men's fashion week shows its feminine side

By: AFP
Sat, Jun. 16, 2018
Italian fashion houses Alberta Ferretti and Ermenegildo Zegna kicked off Men's Fashion Week in Milan on Friday with a rather feminine feel.

After London Men's Fashion Week wrapped up on Monday, Milan picked up the reins, with 28 ready-to-wear shows to reveal the Spring-Summer 2019 lines.

But the women are muscling in to Milan men's week, with 13 co-ed catwalks and another two women-only shows.


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A model presents a creation for fashion house M1992 during the Men's Spring/Summer 2019 fashion shows in Milan, on June 16, 2018. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO


"We are living in a huge evolutionary moment regarding the concept of men's and women's fashion," said Carlo Capasa, head of Italy's national chamber of fashion.

"That barrier doesn't exist any more, the fashion week calendar is responding to that reality," he told AFP.

"Out of affection we are keeping the idea of still calling it men's fashion week, but in reality, this barrier has already fallen."

After several difficult years for the Italian fashion industry, Milan has regained it's joie de mode.

The sector saw turnover grow by 3.2 percent last year, to 94 billion euros, according to the Confindustria Moda federation.

The growth rate was double that of Italy's GDP, Carpasa said.

The first show of men's week was by the Ermenegildo Zegna house, whose models paraded along a mirrored bridge and against the backdrop of a wonderful sunset outside the impressive Mondadori publishing house HQ.

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