After an exciting run of collections at London Fashion Week and Florence’s Pitti Uomo, Milan and Paris followed with a packed schedule of presentations and shows after many brands opted for virtual outings because of Covid. In Milan, Prada, Alyx, and Zegna were highly anticipated. Matthew M. Williams of Alyx unveiled an exciting range of garments, including an innovative new footwear collaboration with Nike, during a high-octane show that teased a new song by Yeat. Beloved Belgian menswear designer Raf Simons continued to collaborate with Miuccia Prada to help steer Prada’s menswear offerings into a more modern and youthful direction. Milan also served as a platform for young designers like Dhruv Kapoor, who debuted his first live runway presentation and became the first Indian designer to present at Milan Fashion Week. And designers like JW Anderson, who is British, opted to present in Milan for the first time.
In Paris, Louis Vuitton presented another posthumous collection designed by Virgil Abloh’s team that included a surprise live performance from Kendrick Lamar. KidSuper’s first presentation on the official calendar was actually an art auction that supposedly pulled in over a half million in sales. Nigo returned to Paris to present another standout collection for Kenzo that celebrated classic collegiate style while Thom Browne returned this season to reimagine an iconic womenswear staple. Reese Cooper, Bianca Saunders, Airei, and so many other young labels also rounded out the show calendar. Here are our highlights from Milan and Paris Men’s Fashion Week.