Here’s a selection of some of the best and most interesting outfits from Pitti Uomo 95. The
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e. v. Empey
Mr. Empey is the type of guy who prefers English style in the winter and Italian style in the summer. Or at least he used to. Now he's uncertain where he stands, since he travels a lot and has to visit a fair number of places where Americana workwear would be the best option. His appreciation of menswear stems more from a love of artisanship, so naturally, he also appreciates other crafts including cocktails and quality cuisine.
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Pitti is now beyond parody. So many of these just made me laugh. So many sad, desperate little men trying so hard to get their pictures taken.
And we didn’t even focus on the most ostentatious outfits…
Some nice odd items (scarves, that Balmacaan coat) but overall the usual clown show. All basically theater of the absurd.
If it’s cold enough for scarves and coats, it’s cold enough for socks. Some of the guys must’ve missed them packing.
The amount of people who were not wearing socks was neither incredibly minimal, nor was it an absurd amount. I did appreciate that more people had longer trousers with a more break than in the past.
It’s really hard to view pictures when I click on anything, it takes me to the first picture and scrolls to the top
There is an error right now with Jetpack and Gutenberg where a carousel mode does not work correctly (which will be fixed in the next update for Jetpack). As such, I disabled it and enabled it to open the photos singularly. My apologies that I don’t have another work around for you right now, but I hope that this made it easier to view the photos.
This is considerably more toned down than in previous years. Less regalia and fewer posers, if the photos are representative of the overall attendees. The comments from A.Non and John seem a bit harsh since the only reason for the expo is an exhibition to sell fashion. The show would be unnecessary and mundane if everyone dressed like they worked in corporate America. That being said, there are very few sneaker type shoes or technical looking outerwear showing up in the photos. Also , a bit more volume in the pant and coat silhouettes. A lot of takes on the belted safari jacket shown here (generally more for show than sale at retail). Noticeable number of belted back (polo coats) some inverted pleat backs and dog eared collar overcoats plus the raglan coats. Not a lot of newness.
Pitti is actually more toned down than many realize. Inside the halls, most people who are working are dressed in very nice, classic ways. Many are wearing well fitting clothing, dressed with minimal accessories oftentimes only used in either classic or on-point trend contexts.
The problem is I am unable to take photos inside the pavilions without pissing people off, since most of these people have no desire to be featured. As such, the photos I hope showcase that Pitti isn’t just Peacocks, as I attempted to photograph many of the various attendees on their way into the pavilions who are not trying to showcase their sense of style.
Might just be StyFo’s selection bias, but these outfits are mostly very sober compared to the freakshow stuff we were seeing at Pitti 4-5 years ago.
On trend: diamond-pattern ties; tied belts on coats and overcoats.
Passé: huge beards and Dali moustaches; neck ink; large-pattern windowpane three-piece suits.
Will never be seen outside Pitti: capes; brightly-coloured fedoras.
In shooting photos, I tried to focus on people that were not posing. I don’t think anyone really needs to see the Pitti Peacocks, so I tried to capture people who were either moving into the exposition halls or talking with colleagues.
A lot of the people outside try to portray their own visual aesthetic–for better of for worse–, and I see that in even people working from other countries (photographers with magazines from Japan for instance, or business men or store owners from Italy and Asia).
While “Pitti” is clearly ‘important’ for male clothes, the pictures featured here reflect what is obviously an statistical insignificant slice of the Big Picture of the event. I know a lot of normal Upper middle class people. None of the men have ‘cool beards’; and none of women wear men’s clothes. Why do most of the pictures here reflect the opposite of this.
In contrast, if one looks at the normal pictures on styleforum, the clothes are normal, at best.
I would like to note that most of the attendees are, literally, well dressed in a classic way. But most of them are working, have no desire to be photographed, and hang out in the pavilions (which makes it harder to photograph them since it is somewhat off limits).
I did focus on taking photos of things that were trending in clothing, both inside and out, and patterned and or belted coats were quite popular.
The women wearing more traditional clothes is a Pitti tradition.
People dressing just the way they want too. Cool!