Well, that’s a wrap – Four days of peacocking around the Fortezza da Basso in Florence has come to a close. However, contrary to what you may see in street style photos, Pitti Uomo is not just a giant catwalk where the most stylish of men dressed in their finest garb, pose on walls eating gelato or gather in a half circle smoking cigarettes. Pitti Uomo is a trade show that draws buyers, fashion editors and menswear mavens from around the world and provides a glimpse as to what the trends will be for the following season. Philippe Perzi Vienna always makes a point of going to Pitti – there are many tradeshows and fashion fairs held annually, but the sheer scale, size and the exposure to exciting new and upcoming labels sets the Pitti Uomo fair apart from the rest and is well worth the visit.
Apart from being a buyer’s dream, the Pitti Uomo is a street style bonanza, with the very best dressed of the menswear world out in force, showing their individuality and ‘sprezzatura.’ Check out some of the trendy men strutting around the Fortezza da Basso this week, under the hot Tuscan sun.
Many gents were rocking fresh and natural colours such as beige, sky-blue, ivory and contrasted the neutral palate with pops of colour in their shirts or ties. Reds, pinks, salmon, azure, orange and yellow were eye-catching.
A carry-over from last Autumn/Winter, well-cut plaid sports jackets and suiting are a nod to the influence Britain has on menswear right now, but as usual, the Italian take on this look elevates it from the traditional to the sublime. Bold colours with patterns such as Glen plaid, windowpane or houndstooth were everywhere at Pitti, and the most dapper of gents wore them with patterned shirts too!
The double-breasted blazer was out in force. It’s been around for a few seasons but far from being a quirk, it seems here to stay for a while longer. Gents around Pitti wore them in both solid colours and with patterns, with 4 or 6 buttons and with peak and notch lapels – the double-breasted blazer is the perfect way to stand out in the crowd or to take your jeans and shirt look from smart casual to something a bit more special.
Not to be sneezed at
It’s gotten to the stage now where we think a man doesn’t quite look ‘dressed’ unless he has a pocket square. The resurgence of pocket squares may be due to Mad Men but the Italian’s have been comfortable wearing them for years. A true gentleman might sniff at the word ‘resurgence’ however, and say they never went out of style. Whether you’re a purist and wear white or take the look one step further with a burst of colour – complementing – not matching your tie – wearing a pocket square shows individuality and flair and no self respecting gent at Pitti would be seen without one.
With Florence turning on the heat during the week, it’s no wonder many opted for shorts – and if you’ve got the physique and the legs for it, we think the shorts suit is a great look. Tailored shorts with a blazer works a charm.
Show some skin
Loafers and car shoes worn without socks. Forget the sweating or the odour, it’s all about showing off your ankles and the detail on the shoes. This preppy look takes a more dressed up look down a notch.
So, do we think that Australian gents are ready and willing to embrace these looks with gusto? We think they are but it’s all about playing to your strengths and pushing boundaries whilst still feeling comfortable in your own skin. The Pitti Uomo fair is a bit of a catwalk and obviously some looks are compiled in the hope of being snapped by a fashion blog or magazine, but it is truly inspiring to see such innate talent, skill and confidence in wearing beautiful clothes in combinations that might not appear immediately obvious. In short, it’s a nice change to see men not playing it safe.
The good news is, with Philippe Perzi Vienna’s signature shirts and ties, you can channel a little bit of Italian flair and show your individuality on the street or in the office – you can just pretend you’re at the Pitti Uomo fair.