|A model wears a creation of Dolce & Gabbana men's Fall-Winter 2013-14 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)|
Milan Fashion Week starts on somber note
While the looks adhered to the line’s minimalist credo — simplicity and clean lines — there was nothing austere about it.
The colors and fabrics were both lush and luxurious. Crimson, cobalt and pine contrasted soothingly with more sober grays and black. Even strong shades were easy on the eyes. Materials included chunky corduroy, cashmere knit and leather.
For fun, Sander offered sleeveless pull-over vests, leaving arms and shoulders bare, and sometimes bi-colored in Harlequin fashion. For more serious moments, there were double-breasted pinstripes, distinguished with monochrome panels.
Cyber-kinetic patterns give energy to classic looks by Ermenegildo Zegna.
Zegna signals a push for innovation in the title of the collection: ‘‘Style for Change.’’
Zegna zips up the double-breasted suit with graphic lines, while repeating patterns of dots fused into lines give motion to overcoats.
Gray dominates the collection, giving it an urban flair.
The basic look forms around suits, paired with slim, elegant ties or scoop-neck sweaters. Trousers are straight cut without being tight, and might include a cummerbund that elongate the look.
Much attention is flourished on collars, which when small might be decorated with a clip, or when oversized adorned with a clasp.
Textures operate in contrast. Soft alpaca coats are worn over tailored suits.
Shoes taper to a point, while bags span a range from travel backs to computer totes.