Moving onto the grandeur of what is Paris Fashion Week, I find it necessary to re-cap a couple of the incredible events that occurred at Milan Men’s Fashion week. I don’t know if it is just me, but I certainly can’t help but to realize how incredibly articulate men’s fashion has become in addressing the need to fill the somewhat unspoken creative gap between menswear and women’s. The most obvious fact, though, one which is becoming increasingly unavoidable and important in both mens and women’s high fashion, is the necessity to imbue a fashion line with message or meaning. Art, especially satirical fashion and art, (i.e. Thom Browne’s Moncler show this year…which in my opinion fell flat and left much to be desired) is gaining more of a relevancy as the need to parallel the aura of instability we are surrounded with, with absolute satirical messages.
Somewhere in between these two bookends, I believe, is where menswear fashion made breakthroughs and geniuses this season.
A quote from Miuccia Prada stood out to me in particular and once again grazed the juxtaposition of instability and uncertainty with complete whimsy. “You have to embrace the new world, but you don’t want to lose your essential humanity,” “Do you put them together, or keep them separate? The whole world is facing this challenge.” Although she is targeting technology in this quote, it seems to encapsulate the whole state of rapid and constant change in our world. So, in the midst of all of this, fashion and art can help us dissect rationales for ourselves and for our current state of humanity. It serves as a navigator, as a statement to the world, as a comfort, and an absolute way to connect with your own humanity and disseminate it to others.
Above: Prada Menswear Spring 2018 Runway Look
Below: Prada Menswear Spring 2018 Handbags with comic designs
(Commenting on the simplicity of comic books yet the disorganized chaos comics represent-using this to comment on the organization yet chaos technology has created as well)
Next, I cannot go without commenting on Fendi’s runway presentation. The entire show wowed me from beginning to end, not so much with it’s inherent conceptuality or anything of that sort, but rather with this crisp, powerful presence served up with a complete dosage of nostalgia. Sylvia Venturini Fendi has always had an obsession with never settling for the normalcy of “normal” and steered this collection in the direction of Warhol influences over what office life represents today. Through contrasting the two, the result is Wall Street meets Warhol, defining the millennial office culture as subversive to banality and expressive to liberal dressing.
Pictured below: Fendi Menswear Spring 2018