Men’s Street Style for 2013
The sights to be seen just walking around Pitti Uomo are almost more eye-popping than the flamboyant official displays and an appreciation of the high fashion, cutting edge feel of this event is, is impossible without a look at the Pitti Uomo street style. By that we mean the threads worn by the buyers, designers and trend makers who attend Pitti.
Sam Lambert, previously of Ozwald Boateng, Saville Row and now Art Come First, is in large part responsible for the surge in tailoring interest. He carries with him the wisdom of his grandfather, also a tailor, who told him; ‘Son, you have to put your suit on and it has to fit you like a ring.’
It’s easy to admire and ogle the peacocking festival of Pitti Uomo but harder to pin down it’s relevance to everyday menswear. Will the men of the Shires be hiking their trouser hems to half-mast? Will they adopt leather wrist cuffs and an exuberant quasi-pilgrim beard? Perhaps not, but they will feel the influence of an ascendant English trend in menswear; tweeds, trim cuts and well crafted footwear are all on their way.
Witness the rise of the two-tone brogue – men’s classic shoes were making a much lauded comeback at Pitti Uomo 2013 – a show of hands for Loake and Cheaney Shoes who were flying the flag for British craftsmanship.
Take it or leave it, big bashy boots with cropped trousers were everywhere.
Thanks to Vanessa for her marvellous Pitti Uomo reportage.
And lastly, just for kicks we thought we’d throw in the promo video for sassy Italian label Manuel Vanni who made it on to Archie’s Hot List.