Prepping for Milan: Men's Designer Inspirations

From the urban streets to the great outdoors, designers were inspired by a myriad of locations for fall.

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Calvin Klein Collection

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“Urban formality.”

— Italo Zucchelli, men's creative director, Calvin Klein Collection

NEXT: Angela Missoni >>


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“This collection celebrates Missoni’s artisanal and innovative knitwear heritage where inspiration has been taken from the great landscape of North America.”

— Angela Missoni, creative director, Missoni

NEXT: Thom Browne >>


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Moncler Gamme Bleu

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“For fall-winter 2013, the concept centers around the Scottish Highland Games.”

— Thom Browne, creative director, Moncler Gamme Bleu

NEXT: Hamish Morrow >>


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Dirk Bikkembergs

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“A-W 2013 at Dirk Bikkembergs focuses on knitwear, leatherwear and technical sport-construction technology, creating a collection that is sport-luxe, urban-elegant and graphic-masculine.”

— Hamish Morrow, creative director, Dirk Bikkembergs

NEXT: Kean Etro >>


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“We’re so much ahead, we’re far beyond time, the campaign is ready for you to publish it after the end of the world!”

— Kean Etro, creative director, Etro

NEXT: Umit Benan >>


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“When everyone goes to bed in the city, they come out. ART BY NIGHT.”

— Umit Benan, creative director, Umit Benan

NEXT: Martin Cooper >>


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“It’s all about creating new heritage pieces that inspire the modern man’s wardrobe.”

— Martin Cooper, creative director, Belstaff

NEXT: Massimiliano Giornetti >>


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“The Ferragamo man is dynamic with a silhouette defined by overcoats and layering.”

— Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director, Salvatore Ferragamo

NEXT: Diesel men’s creative team >>


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“Cosmic Tour. The Diesel Black Gold F-W ’13 men’s wear collection is inspired by the most creative and influential musician of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix.”

— Diesel men’s creative team

NEXT: Umit Benan, Trussardi >>


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"A man with power, charisma, and talent and a family man as well, Nicola Trussardi jumps into his sports car and heads to Tuscany. This is the only free time he will have alone, surrounded in the midst of nature. It's a time when all emotions emerge. Umit Benan presents The Trussardi Man cloaked in nature."

— Trussardi

NEXT: Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch >>


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Les Hommes

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“The inspiration for this collection is the combination between the tailoring and extreme elegance of the dark romanticism of the Thirties and the strict militarism of that time, surrounded by an outburst of artistic movements and creativity.”

— Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch, creative directors, Les Hommes

NEXT: Roberto Cavalli >>


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Roberto Cavalli

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“The Cavalli man embodies a seductive gentleman’s soul. He looks at the future without forgetting about the past. He adds a personal touch to his elegance through his wardrobe’s sartorial attitude and the prints inspired by the nature surrounding him, which are made geometric in order to express a strong, sophisticated personality.”

— Roberto Cavalli, creative director, Roberto Cavalli

NEXT: Fiona Cibani >>


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Ports 1961

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PORTS 1961

“The fall-winter 2013 collection takes inspiration from the drama found in Italian Baroque sculpture. Strong geometric construction is matched by precise tailoring.”

— Fiona Cibani, creative director, Ports 1961

NEXT: Massimo Giorgetti >>


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“The MSGM fall-winter 2013 men’s collection is focused on a sport and military theme. Graphic camouflage patterns are printed on bombers and Windbreakers, and also appear on mohair jacquard jumpers. Sweaters are protagonists, defined in new silhouettes and unconventional mixed and matched fabrics.”

— Massimo Giorgetti, creative director, MSGM

NEXT: Mark McNairy >>


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“I was very inspired by early 20th-century motor sports and the classic suiting that men were wearing even when they were driving race cars and motorcycles — they seamlessly pulled off dapper and rugged at the same time and I wanted to recreate this vibe for the fall-winter collection.”

— Mark McNairy, designer, Woolrich Woolen Mills

NEXT: Paul Surridge >>


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Z Zegna

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Z Zegna

“Heat-sealed raincoat with double-layer detail in edge-cut felted wool, conical cut pant and multifaceted bag in leather. Bonded cotton blazer with second-layer detail in felted wool, conical pant with multifaceted bag in leather.”

— Paul Surridge, creative director, Z Zegna

NEXT: Angelo Galasso >>


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“Autumn-winter 2013 encompasses a gentleman’s journey from the boardroom to a weekend in the countryside via a winter getaway in Saint Moritz. A collection that fuses clean, elegant silhouettes with exquisite detailing to create a modern aesthetic that mirrors the future while staying true to the values of traditional Italian craftsmanship.”

— Angelo Galasso

NEXT: Anna Zegna >>

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Ermenegildo Zegna

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“Oversize and deconstructed double-breasted light gray mélange overcoat in pure alpaca over a light gray herringbone suit in pure silk with a white formal shirt and black velvet cummerbund. Black smooth calf leather oxford shoes, with light gold and shiny palladium buckle.”

— Anna Zegna, image director, Ermenegildo Zegna


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