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There’s no doubt about it. The Italians are a nation of seriously classy dressers and it seems we’re quickly becoming obsessed with just how cool they are and are in full acceptance of ditching the full suit for a contrast jacket and trousers combo.
One things for sure: Pitti Uomo can certainly take credit for inspiring a nation of British dressers.
SO WHAT IS PITTI UOMO FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T INSTAGRAM MAD OR HEAVILY INVOLVED IN FASHION?
Pitti Uomo, translated into English is simply Pitti Men. It’s one of the worlds most important platforms for launching new projects in men’s fashion and is held twice a year in Florence, at the Fortezza de Basso, with the first ever edition being held in 1972.
You may have seen many an insta pic of fabulously dressed men on a wall, looking chic and divine. However, they’re more likely there to see the sheer volume of creativity and design that is held here for 4 days, to inspire a nation of chic dressers. You’ll see editors, stylists, influencers and of course; designers there in abundance and it’s where you’ll most likely see all new collections inspired from.
WHAT IT ISN’T:
This is not an extension of men’s collections, but a trade show, where buyers will be purchasing most of their collections from artisans and chic designers alike. You’ll then see it make waves in store. These won’t be found in just any store, but more to the high end.
Pitti is known for the ‘peacocks’, those that stand out and make a clear statement that they’re into their style. However, alongside that, you’ll find those who are elegant, understated, choosing a subtle but superb mix of textures and colours.
Pitti is set in Florence, so you may view it as Italian centric. However, it’s the Japanese who are very poignant here in their style, with Scandinavians tapping them closely on the shoulder behind.
Let’s not forget that Pitti is not about high fashion, but about understated elegance and that’s why I’m a massive fan.
WHAT INSPIRATIONS CAN I SEE THAT HAVE BEEN INSPIRED FROM PITTI?
- Suede loafers with tassels over last years favourite; monk straps
- Lightweight, textured blazers, in soft pastels
- Contrasting jackets, trousers and accessories that work effortlessly together
- The Panama, is a must have. Whether it’s keeping you cool in Florence or here.
Have you been inspired by Italian style and images from Pitti?
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