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What We Learnt At The Milan Shows

June 2016Words by Mr Adam Welch

Dolce & Gabbana catwalk during the Milan Men's Fashion Week SS17, 19 June 2016. Photograph courtesy of Xposure Photos

The biannual menswear shows are somewhat like a Hercule Poirot mystery. Or perhaps a BBC adaptation thereof. What we’re getting at here is that the insights come in instalments, spread out over the course of several weeks, in as many different cities. Like the keen observer of Ms Agatha Christie’s Belgian stalwart, you don’t really know what’s been going on all the way through until you get to the finish line. Then, and only then, can you start to talk about “trends” – ie, what kind of trousers we’ll supposedly be stalking around in next year – in any definitive way. However, that’s not to say that, in the midst of it all, our brains aren’t completely on autopilot. No, in fact, the incredibly curious experience of the runway show is often capable of delivering some unexpected lessons. Here are some of the key ones from Milan:

Mr Devendra Banhart in head-to-toe Missoni outside the Missoni show. Photograph by Julien Boudet/