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Gianfranco Ferré

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EAST MEETS WEST

Milan:  Designers Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi are bringing a cohesive point-of-view to a design house that has undergone many changes over the last couple of years. For S/S 11 they were in tune with many of their Milan counterparts, with a collection telling of a “man of leisure” who mixes influences from the East and West. The tailored jackets were mostly double-breasted, and in neutral hues, ticking stripes or dry textures. The silhouette were roomy, relaxed and made a strong counter-argument to all the cropped, slim fits on other runways. Southeast Asian tunics, Indonesian ikats and shantung tuxedos introduced an exotic element. The house seems determined to make the most out of Ferré’s heyday in the 80s, and if the new designers continue make an influential impact on the men’s market, we are in for an interesting ride.

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