Milan designers take men on spring journey

Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:37am EDT
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - Designers at Milan's fashion shows are putting a dash of the exotic in their collections for men's wardrobes next spring and summer, looking to places like Africa or Brazil for inspiration.

Injecting color and showing plenty of sportswear shoes and roomy bags, several top names at Milan's spring/summer 2010 menswear shows, which started Saturday and end on Tuesday, seem to taking on a travel trend.

Gucci's Frida Giannini went to Rio, looking to the works of architect Oscar Niemeyer and his white buildings against Brazil's piercing blue skies.

She presented white slim tailored suits with color ties and printed shirts for a mood described as "resolutely optimistic."

There were featherweight leather jackets and hooded anoraks, paired with leggings or shorts as well as hand-knit sweaters.

For the evening, deep indigo blue was the new black for Gucci with glossy suits that also came out in fiery red.

Quoted by Italian newspapers on Monday, Giannini said the look represented "a desire of escapism, of lightness and freedom with the sporty and super chic attitude of someone who can take long holidays on the Brazilian beaches."

Versace looked to the French Foreign Legion, the Tuareg culture and north Africa for its menswear line that featured unbuttoned tunics, light trousers, leather sandals and silver and leather plaited jewelry.   Continued...

<p>A model presents a creation as part of the Dirk Bikkembergs Spring/Summer 2010 men's collection during Milan Fashion Week June 22, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini</p>