Pitti Uomo 95: A Retrospective

Pitti Uomo 95: A Retrospective

We take a look back at some of the standout streetwear styles coming out of Italy’s most famous trade show.

Tucked away in the historic grounds of the Fortezza da Basso, Pitti Uomo, Italy’s foremost menswear tradeshow, has long stood as a time-honoured bastion of sartorial elegance and tailored charm. For all the weight of its history and tradition, however, this year’s winter iteration felt remarkably fresh.

With a welcome shift towards a more casual spectrum of brand selections, this year’s Pitti 95 was solid proof that there’s a sense of style that goes beyond the suited and booted. Here’s a little roundup of the looks and brands that caught our eye in the moments when we actually managed to peel our eyes from the views of the Duomo.

Streetwear Style and Ease

For starters this year’s Pitti boasted a strong sporting and streetwear contingency, with classic brands such as Fila, Kappa and Ellesse making a welcome return to the fold. With an emphasis on retro charm and stripped-back style, this Italian trio proved to be the perfect antidote to the brogues, braces and bowler hats worn by the Peacocks of Pitti.

Likewise, the latest collections from American sportswear specialists, Champion, added a touch of almost gym-friendly fashion flair. With an emphasis on bolder colours and boxier fits, the clear streetwear slant of much of Pitti’s offerings was as refreshing as it was exciting. Keep an eye out for these brands in the seasons to come at Tessuti.

An Ode to Outerwear

The biting cold and frosted charm of the historic city of Florence proved to be the perfect backdrop for some of Tessuti’s most-loved and best-selling outerwear brands. Departing from the usual pea coats and rain macs that have typically dominated previous years at Pitti, this year’s outerwear offerings showed a clear preference for more technical garments. With a clear emphasis on rugged functionality and enduring quality, Parajumpers have put an Alaskan spin on their Italian, adventure-ready outerwear.

Likewise, with their typically off-the-wall approach to outerwear, Moose Knuckles’ Moby Dick themed stall showcased exactly what the brand do best: Create superlative-but-simplistic garments with attitude to spare.

South Shields superstars, Barbour, provided the usual masterclass in great British outerwear with their Icons Re-Engineered range. Digging deep into their 125 years of heritage, Barbour have come away with a small series of updated classics from their fabled archives. Between them, these brands turned heads aplenty this year with their all-too-brief glimpses of just what’s in store for the seasons ahead.

Fancy Footwork

We all know that a good pair of shoes puts the full stop on a solid outfit. So it was nice to see that putting your best foot forward was the order of the day at Pitti this year. With an exciting mix of classic styles and slightly more out-there statement pieces, the footwear on display at this year’s Pitti was as varied at is was visually arresting.

Clarks brought their usual blend of the classic and the contemporary, with a range of their iconic wallabee desert boots decked out in new and exotic animal prints.

The retro-futuristic flare of Moon Boot was also on display this year. With a moon landing themed concession all of their own, the zany, space-age brand celebrated their 50th anniversary in true Moon Boot style: A three-day lunar invasion that showcased the most iconic features of the proudly over-the-top boot.

Back on Planet Earth, Italy’s very own poster boys of retro-chic, Diadora turned 70. The world-famous forerunners in athletic footwear paid tribute to their landmark birthday with a series of exhibitions showcasing all that’s been and all that’s to come from the Italian sportswear legends.

Thanks to Jack Finnigan, for capturing Pitti Uomo!

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