MILAN — The summer suit makes a huge comeback for next year's warmer months, in more shapes, fabrics and colors than ever before.
Once a lightweight copy of the classic winter style, the 2014 summer suit, which dominates the runway on the third day of menswear preview showings as it has throughout Milan Fashion Week, has a life all its own.
The most avant-garde suit comes with a fitted jacket paired with Bermuda shorts, a look a few daring fashion followers attending the current shows have already embraced.
Other versions include a single- or double-breasted jacket worn with slim, cropped or baggy pants, a bomber jacket with matching trouser, or a sleeveless jacket to be paired with a trouser of your choice.
In many cases the suit jacket has a pushed or rolled up sleeve.
Colors and fabrics also define the new suit. Along with the staple gray, beige, blue and lots of white, the suit can come in floral or geometric prints, or such glaring colors as lobster red and fluorescent green. There are also plenty of two-tone versions with cranberry and teal the favorite combination.
Extra lightness, as well as a contemporary shine is achieved through techno fabrics and the use of lasers for intricate detailing.
The suits are all worn without ties, and in many outfits the T-shirt replaces the classic shirt.
When it comes to style, Giorgio Armani never disappoints.
The new Emporio collection, Armani's second line, presented is more about research than about shape.
Presenting an elegant wardrobe titled "Digital," Armani takes classic menswear favorites — suits, jackets, shirts, slacks and pullovers — and makes them contemporary through the use of techno fabrics and laser techniques.
Shapes become extra light, linings disappear and zippers and press studs replace buttons. Heat welding gets rid of seams as in the rough cut light wool jacket or the straight-legged trouser with pleated waist for extra comfort.
Colors range from Armani blue to teal green, to putty beige and ice white, all made more luminous by high tech mingling of cotton and yarns. Punctures are laser etched into super soft leather, creating a digital effect.
The Gucci menswear collection for next summer is short and very sweet.
When after only 10 minutes the models returned to the runway for the finale parade, the fashion crowd still had their notebooks open waiting for more of creative director Frida Giannini's romantic take on next summer.
Flowers show up everywhere from embroidery on the cotton knit sweaters to the floral prints that tinge pants, T-shirts, suits and a reinvented Mackintosh raincoat. Floral prints are also used for a silk jumpsuit and the latest Gucci jacket, in the style of a shirt, a popular look on the current Milan runway.