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Men’s Fashion Month Recap: Photos and Style Analysis From Europe

Nic Screws wraps up her tour of London, Florence, Milan, and Paris—and brings back the style tips you'll need for next fall

Remember some 18 days ago when I felt the need to explain the fashion month calendar to you guys? It was a doozy, I know, but we’ve come a long way since then (literally and metaphorically). Together we made it through our first tour of Europe in search of the best new fashion for men. (Four-word summary of the entire journey: Buy a big scarf.)

Scarves on the runways of Salvatore Ferragamo, left, and Missoni.
Scarves on the runways of Salvatore Ferragamo, left, and Missoni.
Photographer: (from left) Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images; Victor Boyko/WireImage

It was a privilege to be your eyes and ears in the market and the front (sometimes third) row. I hope you followed along as I shared my favorites in trends, collections, and fashion moments from London to Paris—by way of Florence and Milan. But if not, or you need a refresher, you can click through all our coverage below. Bookmark this page and come back and read at your leisure—you have until next August to master these trends.

The London Menswear Collections

Here are some great looks from London, including a gaggle of guys in motorcycle-inspired gear, a colorful bomber jacket from Burberry, a sporty shearling coat from Coach, a sneaky tux from Tom Ford, and a beautiful ice blue overcoat from Hardy Amies.

Here are some great looks from London, including a gaggle of guys in motorcycle-inspired gear, a colorful bomber jacket from Burberry, a sporty shearling coat from Coach, a sneaky tux from Tom Ford, and a beautiful ice blue overcoat from Hardy Amies.

Bloomberg via Belstaff, Burberry, Coach, Tom Ford and Hardy Amies

London kicked things off with an impressive four days of fashion. I picked Burberry, Tom Ford, and Belstaff for best in show—but there was also a lot of undiscovered design talent there (like Craig Green, remember that name). I also saw some recognizable names put on runway shows for the first time, like Coach, and older brands, like Acquascutum, that returned to the schedule.

You can check out photos from many of the shows by clicking through the links below, but your key takeaway should be: Most things look just a bit better with a shearling jacket on top.

Pitti Uomo

I'm telling you, there were dandies out the wazoo.
I'm telling you, there were dandies out the wazoo.
Source: (clockwise from top left) @tommyton/Instagram; @blenderstreetstyle/Instagram; @NYTimesFashion/Instagam; @sarabucchi/Instagram; @ayebyar/Instagram; @laviniuflonta/Instagram; @MarianoDivaio/Instagram; @Fabio_La_Mantia/Instagram

Everywhere you look in Florence during the Pitti Uomo trade show, someone is showing off a different trend in men’s dressing. The city is taken over by dandified men, all wearing (and pulling off) madcap combinations of prints and patterns. They literally strut from their hotels to the Fortezza da Basso, for what is considered the season-defying event of men’s fashion month. (What, you’ve never heard of it?) This is where I saw trends like textured wool coats and knitwear (I’d even call them shlubby), autumnal jewel tones, and reversible outerwear. I expect to see much of this in the market next fall, and in your closet not long after that.

Your key takeaway here: Green is the new navy.

Milan Fashion Week

The all-camel look from Boglioli, and a cascade of neutral grays from Fendi.
The all-camel look from Boglioli, and a cascade of neutral grays from Fendi.
Photographer: (from left) Boglioli via Bloomberg; Catwalking/Getty Images

There was a head-to-toe camel look by Boglioli from day one of Milan’s menswear week that I described as “easy luxury.” I’d like to extend that sentiment to the Milan collections as a whole. Designers from Fendi to Etro all emphasized a new style of formalwear: dressing down to dress up. The result was a season of wearable fashions in rich colors and bold shapes. And scarves. Lots of scarves.

Key takeaway: For people who hate their necks, there will be a lot of chances to cover them up in the coming seasons.

Paris Fashion Week

The closing walk at the Berluti show.
The closing walk at the Berluti show.
Berluti via Bloomberg

Paris is always a global meet-up for clever dreamers. The designers who show there not only hail from the French capital but also from countries like Belgium and Japan. They often have a flair for the dramatic; their collections tend to feature flash over content. So while I appreciate their asymmetrical capes with drop crotch culottes, what I am really looking for is clothing that real men (that’s you!) will actually wear. Surprisingly, Paris delivered that this season, in spades.

Key takeaway: Luxurious basics can make a statement just as strongly as weird conceptual items. Case in point: The gorgeous Berluti collection made me forget that another designer, Rick Owens, sent models down the runway with their balls hanging out.

It wasn't all about the runways—don't forget to check out our street style shoots, sprinkled among those links above. These shoes were shot in Paris.
It wasn't all about the runways—don't forget to check out our street style shoots, sprinkled among those links above. These shoes were shot in Paris.
Photographer: Melodie Jeng/BloombergPursuits

Nic Screws is the style director at Bloomberg and has been reporting from Europe's menswear shows all month. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter and follow Bloomberg Pursuits on its new Twitter handle, @luxury.

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