Unveiled amid the idyllic gardens of the Villa Reale in Milan, the FENDI Men’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection transported us to a delightful en plein air, bucolic picnic experience. The collection was meant to bring the FENDI man out of the virtual space and into real life. Silvia Venturini Fendi created a compelling dialogue between man and nature with an emphasis on functionality and utility. Earthy and neutral shades of greens, browns, and beiges were dominant throughout the collection, combined through playful layering and use of transparent fabrics. Guest artist for this season was Italian film director, producer, and screenwriter Luca Guadagnino, who created the “Botanics for FENDI” prints, a series of overlapping multi-colored line drawings seen across the collection. Some of the iconic FENDI bags and accessories presented echoed the garden-safari mood, as well.
Camera flashes accompanied glistening stars down an imaginary red carpet set against the unusual backdrop of a church for M1992’s Spring/Summer 2020 show. M1992 presented a collection full of conservative, almost corporate-like menswear’s classics, but with a twist. Dorian Stefano Tarantini began the creative journey for this season’s show around a series of neckties developed in collaboration with E. Marinella, the Neapolitan provider of seven-fold ties to royal families worldwide. He then mixed and matched seemingly unrelated references: the fifties, a touch of the sixties, allover Swarovski glitz, and today’s technological obsession with fame. Sharp silhouettes outlined by hardware and chains, neckties tucked into underwear, photo prints of paparazzi, private jets and limousines, were combined to channel rebellion through a stern digital demeanor.
Sharp edges and clean monochromatic looks defined the Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2020 collection presented in Milan yesterday. A sleek neck with a mock turtle or a buttoned up shirt worn with no tie paid subtle homage to David Lynch and the ‘80s—a vintage style modernized by a futuristic zippered boot. The collection was composed of a range of leather tones which shifted into pastels and then into bold pinks, violets, and green animalier prints worn over all-white or all-black looks. Tailored shirts, jackets, and more sporty pieces were appeared in all-leather. Accessories were slick and structured, as was the rest of the line. Of note were smaller crossbody backpacks with golden buckles and a new watchband inspired by 1960s racing watches.