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Giorgio Armani Stafano Gabbana & Domenico Dolce Ennio Capasa (of Costume National) Jean Paul Gaultier Nicola Formichetti (of Mugler) Paul Smith Stefano Pilati (of YSL) Thom Browne

Arrivederci, Au Revoire: After a week-long parade of male models, clothing and chaos, it’s time to say goodbye to Milan and Paris!

D&G Dolce & Gabbana Dries Van Noten John Richmond Miharayasuhiro Neil Barrett Roberto Cavalli

Fur Real: For Fall 2011-12, there was enough fur on the runways to give PETA activists a heart attack. 

It’s Good Because It’s Golden: Dries Van Noten knows how to present a good collection. Actually, that’s an understatement. He knows how to present a fantastic collection. For his Fall/Winter 2011-12 menswear show, he sent his models down a grand catwalk in Paris’ Musee Bordelle to a remixed soundtrack of Golden Years by David Bowie. That’s possibly the best song to describe Van Noten’s superb style aesthetic for the season since it was inspired by David Bowie himself.

Going Gaga for Mugler: As “musical director” for Thierry Mugler’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 menswear show, Lady Gaga released a special remix of her never-heard-before single Born This Way from her upcoming album. This makes sense since Nicola Formichetti—creative director for Thierry Mugler—has the defining force behind Gaga’s attention-getting fashion choices for many years now. Call it a fashionable tit for tat—I dress your back, you give me publicity by releasing your hotly, anticipated single during my show.

D&G Dolce & Gabbana Jil Sander Dolce & Gabbana Bottega Veneta Prada Pringle of Scotland Trussardi 1911 Versace Z Zegna

The Ripoll Effect: Show season literally just begun and Argentinian male model Nicolas Ripoll is on a roll. This week he’s already opened for Bottega Veneta and has walked for D&G Dolce & Gabbana, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, Prada, Pringle of Scotland, Trussardi 1911, Versace and Z Zegna. Milan Fashion Week isn’t even over yet. And fortunately enough, there are still the men’s shows in Paris and New York Fashion Week. If he keeps up his pace he’ll soon start leaving skid marks on the runway.

Etro-cious: This week’s award for Ugliest Men’s Collection deservedly goes to Etro. For Fall/Winter 2011-12, creative director Kean Etro designed some of the most wretched outfits known to man. No wonder most of the models smiled from ear to ear as they pranced down the runway. I’m pretty sure they were told to do so to counterbalance for the horrible distraction in the clothes. Never put trust in a fashion show when models smile. The more they smile the uglier the clothing will be.

Frankie Goes To…: Actually, I don’t know where the hell Frankie Morello was going for Fall/Winter 2011-12. I guess he was going to Man Country? That’s what it seemed like to me. It’s not a bad sight to see half-naked male dancers prancing around in tiny briefs while male models draped in chunky, colorful layers walk a wooden catwalk. I guess that’s my ridiculous interpretation of Man Country.

At the end of the day, there were some strong pieces throughout his collection. I’d drape myself in one those colorfully-knit sweaters and scarves any day. I’d also drape myself on one of those scantily-clad boys at the end of the show.

Dancers performing during Frankie Morello’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 menswear presentation.

Double Dutch: Watching a men’s runway show by DSquared2’s identical twin designers, Dean and Dan Caten, can either be double the trouble or double the fun. Although this all depends on a collection, of course.

Dsquared2’s men’s shows are known to be fun-filled—stocked with camp, sex appeal and originality. But, what happened this season? Viewing this show made me feel like I somehow got lost in Pennsylvania Dutch Country with Amish butchers arranging to capture me for dinner. Like I said before, this can be good or bad depending on your level of taste.

Dsquared2’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 menswear show.

Gucci Guilty: Gucci creative director Frida Giannini’s runway presentation for the brand’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 men’s collection oozed a sense of luxury mixed with sex appeal. Viewing this collection was like having sex with a man in a penthouse at Trump Tower, except for the fact that the man isn’t Tom FordGucci’s utterly-gorgeous former creative director. This could be good or bad depending on your level of taste in fashion (and men).

To Russia With Love: Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 menswear collection was an ode to Russia. Statuesque male models in militant fashions marched through a mazed runway which seemed to evoke an essence of an old Soviet Union. With every fashion designer and their mother courting China as a new consumerist superpower, it’s not a bad idea to do the same with Russia. Moscow—Russia’s capital city—has the second largest population of billionaires in the world after New York City. Money talks at the end of the day (even if it doesn’t have lips). 

Barbara Streisand by Duck Sauce

After hearing this song during D&G Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 menswear show in Milan this week, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I’ve heard it many times in clubs, but when you hear it it gets stuck in your brain.


Marni Fall 2011
I never really get to show my appreciation for Marni because they don’t do traditional runway shows—which means I can’t Textbook them up. But nevertheless, I always love it. All the clothes are approachable but have that same “Shit, where did you get that?” quality. As per my usual opinion, the outerwear was tops (#2) and I would definitely pick up some of the separates. Maybe this year I’ll actually be able to afford something from them. Good show Marni.

Fall Lineup: The finale at Versace’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 men’s show in Milan, Italy photographed by Justin Wu.

Soda Pop: Coca-Cola and youthful pop culture were the name of the game and inspiration for D&G Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 menswear collection. The show was fun, full of the hottest male models of the moment and styled to the point of making me want to own every look showcased on the runway.


A model relaxing at the beautiful backstage venue before the John Varvatos A/W 2011 show at Milan Fashion Week.

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