(Milan Fashion Week- Fendi) Feeling fantastic

World | 17 Jan 2017 7:56 pm

Impish, boyish looks are permeating the Milan menswear runway this season, and the mood seems to be a search for a simpler past. 

Hooded parkas with contrasting color panels, straight trousers, boxy jackets and slightly oversized knitwear bely a nostalgia for the 1970s _ a time when, more than one designer has recalled, there was more social protest and less social pressure. 

Here are some highlights from yesterday's men's wear previews for next fall and winter on the third day of Milan Fashion Week. 

The Fendi runway was awash in optimism, and what could be more optimistic than a yellow and blue striped fur shopper?

"I want to be optimistic. I have children,'' Silvia Venturini Fendi said backstage. 

The collection was relentlessly upbeat. Mixed and matched fur accents on over coats, like leopard sleeves and striped collars, offered a sense of graphic hi-jinx, as did a red banner reading "Fantastic'' up the side of a fur coat. 

Fendi dotted the garments with uplifting and sometimes ironic messages, from "Love'' on the front of head bands to "Bliss'' on zipper pulls to "Hope'' on the side of a bag and "Trust Fendi'' on the front of a sweater. 

Furry blue slippers read FEN on the right foot and DI on the left. 

The silhouette was very simple and sporty, filled with everyday attire mixed more formal pieces. Part of the indulgence was also in the colors, with pink for men, alongside coral, sky blue and yellow. Footwear had a substantial, futuristic feel, with Italian leather shoes with integrated socks, like high-tech soccer cleats.-AP

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