During Milan Men’s Spring Summer 2023, utilitarianism made a comeback in Italy‘s fashion city. The designs evoked nostalgia, with denim and lightweight materials making a reappearance after the utilitarian style was last seen on the Spring Summer 2018 runways. The revamped shapes are now resurfacing on the runways, displaying utilitarian characteristics like as detailing, practicality, and higher design.
Lightweight, Uncomplicated And Relaxed
On the catwalk, a compiled boldness became obvious, as is typical of the big labels like as Fendi, Prada, and Dolce&Gabbana. It frequently used appealing lightweight materials, with transparent textiles serving as a hallmark. Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring Summer 2023 redesign was all about practical juxtaposition, as evidenced with lightweight see-through textiles paired with wide-fit faded denim trousers. A flawlessly fitted tuxedo was worn over torn jeans in some outfits, while others mixed a seductive sheer black lace shirt with oversized double-breasted coats. This collection was full of creative freedom, newness, and bold exploration. The majority of Dolce & Gabbana’s styles were recognizable shapes from previous seasons, creating an updated déjà vu.
Silvia Venturini Fendi designed earthy and well-balanced styles for a planet-conscious generation that reflect tones ranging from soft cambric fabric to hearty brick colors, which mix into a new motif generated from weather mapping photos of weather patterns. Fendi’s collection clearly pushed simplicity and elevated wearability to a higher level. The frayed denim at the hems of the jeans, along with the embroidered highlights on the bags, evoke an edgy aesthetic. “It’s about striking a balance between embellishment and simplicity,” Venturini Fendi explained. “A timeless feeling of playfulness as we rediscover the luxury of free time.”
Prada was pushing dressing rules when conceptualizing prior seasons, trying to prime males with the notion of fitted short shorts teamed with knitted shirts or leather jackets. It was obvious this time of year to create a laid-back Spring Summer appearance.
Etro’s Kean and Veronica have also energized the short shorts for their collection in preparation for next year’s humid weather, when lighter clothes will drive the season forward. Mesh textures have been embellished to display naked flesh, while shorts reveal nude legs. In this Spring Summer 2023 excursion, Tod’s was also seen in tailored shorts that were well above the knees, with blazers and utility coats coupled for the top. The adaptable shorts might be worn next summer without fear of destroying the style due to heat waves.
Apart from Etro, the cultivated midwestern aesthetic was also emphasized by Dolce & Gabbana, where denim was the dominant material. Williams’ sleek industrial style and Alyx’s tactical chic progressed a bit farther at Milan Men’s Summer Spring 2023, when he mixed denim with practical clothes. Signature features, such as the origami pockets that are unique to Alyx’s tailoring, were translated in denim. Prada chose to combine comfort items with utility and fitted coats, demonstrating how denim is suitable for everyday dressing.
Image: JW Anderson
JW Anderson, on the other hand, adopted a different strategy. He sought to create a collection that challenged people’s ideas of modern apparel. Anderson’s collection, known for his unconventional designs, contained clever wearable assemblages such as broken skateboards, compact disc prints, barcodes, and holes on shirts that imitate cheese, adding cheekiness to the collection. The ironic patterns were coupled with extremely damaged denim for an elevated effect. However, the mix and match of denim and experimental shirts created a unique design for the Spring Summer 2023 season that was sure to turn heads.
On the runway, most designers wore baggy or loose pants. The drapes form light and comfortable appearance wonderfully. Cotton twill was used to make the clothing for Ermenegildo Zegna and Etro’s Spring Summer 2023 collections. This meant that it could be dressed up for a formal occasion or toned down for a casual occasion. Versace‘s interpretation of the exaggerated fit shows how the broad tailoring flare of the pants paired with vivid jackets are ideal for any show-stopping moment.
The resurgence of utilitarianism has demonstrated that the world is ready to go out in comfort and style, and Milan Men’s Spring Summer 2023 has brought both nostalgia and newness to the runways.