The menswear shows in the fashion capital Milan have just finished with an eclectic mix of shows, with Olympic games in London next year it was inevitable that British designers were inspired by the games, Vivienne Westwood the original punk of British fashion showed a strong collection which was designed for dressing up, a mixture of sportswear and t-shirts bearing the Olympic torch and three piece suits and tuxedos which won't look out of place at the capitals smartest parties. Nicole Farhi was back in Milan showing a smart and innovative collection designed by Italian Massimo Nicosia previously of Pringle and Alessandro Dell Aqua. White tailoring and sportswear with a splash of yellow thrown into the mix brought a continental flavour to the menswear.

Vivienne Westwood

Nicole Fahri

The British influences were also be spotted on the catwalks of Gucci where Frida Giannini showed a strong collection inspired by a Savile Row of the Sixties with classic, slim silhouettes and houndstooth and Prince of Wales checks whilst the Sixties rock and roll looks of Mick Jagger were on influence on Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen which is going from strength to strength with a collection of striped trousers, jackets and Chelsea boots straight from the King's Road of the Swinging Sixties.


Alexander McQueen

The Teddy boy theme was very much in evident at Costumme National, Moschino and McQ with their mix of drainpipe trousers, draped jackets, brothel creepers and models sporting quiffs who relaunched the new McQ by Alexander Mcqueen collection after a couple of seasons away.

Costume National



The Italians seem to be genetically programmed to be more stylish than anybody else and next summer with the chic collections of Roberto Cavalli, Canali and Dolce & Gabbana all showingwhy Italians do it better. With an all White theme reoccurring throughout various shows the message seems to be that white 'is' the colour for next summer.

Roberto Cavalli


Dolce & Gabbana

Prints continue to reign over the shows with vivid kaleidoscopic patterns; With Burberry Prorsum's graphic ikat prints and Etro's hypnotising paisley surplus, next summer is also all about being 'noticed'. Looks like the ethnic inspired textiles are here to stay.

Burberry Prorsum


One of thestyleking's favourite shows was Prada with a fun mix of colourful florals, pastels and golf wear from Palm Spings and fifties studded jackets and shoes all amounting for a vibrant, young and edgy collection and models strutting the faux grass to the cool sound of the Fun Boy Three's eighties classic Summertime.


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 By Gary Kingsnorth

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