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2 posts tagged "Milan Menswear Fall 2011"

Tod’s Addresses The Whole Man

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In the palatial Villa Necchi Campiglio—Tilda Swinton’s impossibly gorgeous manse from I Am Love—Tod’s showed its Fall collection. The label is pitching itself to men as a one-stop-shop for leather lovers, and on view in the villa’s various salone was a full, vari-hued range of casual and dress loafers, lace-ups, wallets, desk accessories, bags, briefcases, and iPad cases. Tod’s pioneered the rubber sole; here it appeared in a thicker, slightly wedged version that had a sporty feel. But the real news this time out is the brand’s dip into men’s Ready-to-Wear. To go with your loafers and iPad case, may we suggest a bomber or safari vest in suede or supple skin?

The Great Wall of Zegna

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James Lima has been on fashion’s speed dial lately. He just finished shooting Ana Beatriz Barros and her exploding Amazona bag for Loewe, and today Ermenegildo Zegna tapped the Hollywood effects guru—a veteran of “Avatar”—to direct the label’s new show in “live-D.” Zegna celebrates twenty years of its business in China, and, like many brands, it’s pitching hard to the Asian customer. Hence, “In the Mood for China,” with the models—many of them Asian—seen ambling along the Great Wall on a giant screen before wending their way out onto the catwalk. How? Courtesy of a green-screen room concealed behind the set. (The technology will come to Zegna’s e-commerce site down the line.) Olivia Palermo and boyfriend Johannes Huebl were seated front row to check it all out, he dressed nattily in Zegna. The whole show was enough to send you to your travel agent demanding a seat on Mandarin Air, but as it happens, Palermo is directing her trail elsewhere; she heads to Doha tonight.

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