Mostly grey winter at Milan menswear

Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:14pm EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - Milan's designers showed next winter will mainly be grey and slimmed down for men, with sober creations that seemed to look for comfort in a chilly economic climate but a spat between two top names heated up the week.

Various names at the autumn/winter 2009/2010 shows stuck to dark colors -- black, grey, brown and blue -- but Gucci's Frida Giannini colored shirts and ties beneath grey suits while duo Dolce & Gabbana added dashes of pink to loafers.

Italy's most famous designer pair were at the center of a tiff over trousers during the week as Giorgio Armani accused them of copying him and the duo in turn saying he has nothing to teach them.

Back on the catwalks, designers also slimmed down silhouettes -- small shouldered jackets or coats hung over skinny trousers.

"The trend of the season is grey ... it started out in suits and now it's in about just everything," Colby McWilliams, men's fashion director at upscale retailer Neiman Marcus, said.

"It's a good base but we also need color."

The doyen of Italian fashion, Armani, went for a fitted silhouette for his formal wear, puffed jackets and loose trousers knotted at the waist. Scarves were worn as shirts.

For his Emporio Armani brand -- a show attended by English soccer star David Beckham -- he chose an "eco-style," using green and short jackets topping high-waisted trousers.   Continued...

<p>Models display creations as part of the Giorgio Armani Fall/Winter 2009/10 men's collections during Milan Fashion Week January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo</p>