Even amidst the eurozone crisis, the Italians seem hopeful, or at least that's the overall mood at the Milan Men's Fashion Week.
Hopeful, yet not escapist, the collections showcased from June 23-26 offer positive vibes, realistically positive, that is. There's a colour explosion, and even vibrant prints, but there's a certain Mediterranean ease to the cut that makes you think these Italians truly believe by next March they can just relax on Sicilian beaches (ask Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana) or sip a cup of cappuccino in their new gelateria-coloured suits (that's Gucci!).
Gone was the austere formality of the autumn/winter _ the chunky overcoats and the traditional double-breasted wool blazer. Not that you'll throw away the suits, but even this classic three-piece comes with a length and fit that screams "Relax!". Although you still have the 1960s sleek silhouette of blazers fitted at the waist, the slim, yet not skinny-fit, trousers fall just a little below the ankle, revealing either the classic, much celebrated loafers like at Gucci, or killer, colour-block sneakers with soles in equally bold colour at Salvatore Ferragamo.
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