Several months after direct Peter Dundas left the label, Cavalli has appointed a new creative director: Paul Surridge.

Surridge isn’t new to the game, as he’s worked with Z Zegna, Acne studios, Calvin Klein, Burberry and more. When Dundas left, Cavalli was headed for a radical turn. A large company reorganization moved the headquarters from Milan to Florence and spurred 200 layoffs. The idea, as is with most fashion brands, is to turn a profit, which seems to be hard in this day’s market with shifts in shopping styles and increased millennium online-shopping.

The CEO of the company Gian Giacomo Ferraris explains that “In this environment, only iconic brands with a coherent business model and an efficient organisation can survive. I believe the Cavalli brand has what it takes to succeed. But the reality is that the company’s costs must be in line with its revenues and that is the task we now have to embark upon.”

The hire in Surridge several months after Dundas’ departure was an intentional one, according to the brand. They first wanted to have the restructuring in order before someone new came on to take the reins, ready to take a strong lead in a new direction. Of the reasons Surridge was such an idea candidate was because he has strong digital communication skills, and that’s what it takes to succeed in today’s fashion game: social media and digital skills.

You’ll be able to see Surridge’s footprint, but not for awhile. His first season will be shown in the fall, the Spring/Summer 2018 collection in Milan.

Roberto Cavalli hires a new creative director in hopes of turning profit. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Roberto Cavalli hires a new creative director in hopes of turning profit. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Words by Lori Zaino and photo as specified in caption.

 

 

Canali has decided to go minimalist for AW17/18. This, in turn, doesn’t take away from the sheer elegance of the brand, in fact, the collection seems to become even more dignified. Simply put, there aren’t any extra bells and whistles to distract customers away from the simple truths of Canali: fine fabrics and fine tailoring.

Speaking of fabrics, a focus on cashmere and wool keep the garments soft and worn. Above all, we see long trenches, some belted in a more casual robe style. Keeping up with trend, layers are present, turtlenecks under blazers under trenches. Patterns like plaid and herringbone give off a slight 1960s “Mad Men” feel. BDMOTP loves the rich browns and oxblood colors present in the collection.

For a little bit more on how the lovely Canali garments are constructed, check out their video Rewind.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Canali.

Daks, a BDMOTP favorite, showed an elegant and classical British collection at Milano Fashion Week. Based on the sartorial tailoring of the ever-so-stylish British gentleman, Daks provides some insight on how real men should dress.

This season, modern takes on traditional styles shook things up. Distinguished models strutted the runway to classic jazz tunes in their houndstooth, plaid and herringbone wear.

Of course, we see the elegant prints like plaid, stripes and patterns, but expect them mixed together for AW17/18. Jackets with cutouts and extra high-waisted pants, while still seemingly preppy, gave the looks an edge.

Details are ever present, with leather gloves and briefcases and fitted hats all forming part of the line. Highlights for BDMOTP were the Daks take on the man cape, fitted to let the arms out and turtlenecks under suit jackets and tailored shirts. Look for hints of silver, giving some shine to a collection based upon a blustery, grey London.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Daks.

The Plein empire continues to grow with the launch of activewear line Plein Sport at Milano Fashion Week. The activewear collection is a first for the designer, who explained that he wanted to fill a void in the market where there seemed to be no real luxury activewear.

The runway launched off with some serious athletes performing gymnastics and jumps in an obstacle course. After models walked the catwalk, they followed up by “training” in a gym filled with treadmills, a boxing ring, even a breakdance area. Paris Hilton sat front row and as usual, the show was the event of the season.

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It’s clear that Plein Sport will appeal to all types of athletes, fitness buffs and most likely the general public at large. In a world where activewear is slowly but surely becoming leisure and casualwear (you can thank the USA for that—where would we be without women wearing yoga pants when running errands?), the line is genius. Engineered so that it’s comfortable and anti-sweat, the breathable and flexible garments are practical for the gym, the court and the ring. And the grocery store. Perhaps also the gas station. You get the gist.

Featuring hoodies, leggings, puffy vests and jackets, mesh shorts and more, the collection is typical Plein style, bedazzled with gold and silver shiny fabrics and vibrant, reflective colors.

The line is ideal for the modern man and woman, with several unisex garments and practical details like sleeve pockets for cell phones and trendy, urban sneakers.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Plein Sport.

BDMOTP has always been a fan of Eleventy, thanks to their all encompassing style. Eleventy has a way of making men feel as if they are included, as if they, too, can be a part of fashion. Eleventy, simply put, makes things easy for a man to become a gentleman.

For AW17/18, Eleventy presents a very wearable collection separated into a few different sections. First, a casual office, with garments like cotton pants and longer wool/cashmere jackets. Next, an urban style section with puffy jackets, baggy pants and sneakers. Then, leisure wear with comfy shirts and cardigans. Finally, a Platinum capsule collection which includes more bespoke garments. There’s even a home collection, which includes candles and rugs.

It’s worth noting that Eleventy creates all their collections in Italy and is a sustainable brand, which we at BDMOTP love.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Eleventy.

Damir Doma played with layers and volume this season and Milano Fashion Week. Layered tunics and baggy pants marched the runway and there was an emphasis on tying and knotting, in hopes of distorting what may be a more traditional design aesthetic.

Both female and male models walked the runway, but the looks weren’t unisex. The menswear really embraced volume for AW17/18. Pops of orange brigtened the muted greens, blacks and the occasional white.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Damir Doma.

The brightness and lightness of the Silvio Fiorello collection gives life to even the darkest and most depressing winter days. For AW17/18, color was definitely not sacrificed, and that’s precisely what BDMOTP loves about it.

When exploring the collection of silk ties, pocket squares and more, I was alerted to the fact that purple is actually one of the best-selling colors at Fiorello, which leads me to the believe that the Fiorello customer is one of class. Jolly, self-assured, bold and ready to make a statement, the Fiorello man wears a purple silk tie to the office and inadvertently brings just a little bit of brightness into his own day and the day of those around him.

The AW17/18 collection offers bright colors and artfully designed pattersn as well as motifs on pocket squares an ties, elaborating on a 80’s trend that is now coming back into style.

For those looking for something a bit more day-to-day, the flannel ties, not as loud, but just as lovely, are better for a customer hoping to make a subtler statement.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Fiorello.

Santoni footwear is always a BDMOTP favorite. The brand constantly finds ways to innovate while still maintaining the quality and elegance that is so very Santoni.

This season we see change in the form of shadow and color. An interesting take on a preppy oxford, Santoni plays with the coloring of the shoe, one foot lighter along the toe and the other light in the back towards the heel, giving consumers a chance to experience something a little different.

With something for everyone, the brand features loafers, oxfords, boots and even sneakers in the AW17/18 collection. You can go conservative with black and brown or go bold with deep red, greens and blues. For those who struggle with cold feet, or would simply love the extra softness, the fur-lined oxfords are whimsical yet practicala creative juxtaposition that can appeal to many gentlemen.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Santoni.

For AW17/18, Fratelli Rossetti presents “Swinging in Milan,” a collection inspired by the 1940s. With only five models of shoes, the collection is small, yet sharp. As usual, they offer the iconic Brera loafer, as well as different styles of oxford, incorporating leather and suede.

Rossetti uses the Toledo process to create color on his shoes, as it’s directly applied onto the unfinished leather to make it rich and glossy. Then, using the Liverpool technique, the color is removed and then reapplied to create an even richer color.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Fratelli Rossetti.

Guiseppe Zanotti comes at AW17/18 with a trendy set of very Italian footwear. Starting off with loafers and oxfords, see trends like a tapered toe capped with silver, suede, and embellishments such as tassels or studs and jewels. Although you can find a tamer style here and there, the Zanotti line is all about getting noticed.

Bulky high top sneakers in bold colors, topped with metal detailing, zippers and buckles provided more casual footwear for a more urban customer.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Zanotti.

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