Walking the Milan catwalks for the very first time, Isabel Benenato showed her AW18/19 collection, a memorable collaboration of knitwear and casual, neutral separates layered underneath winter outerwear.

Whereas Benenato states her inspiration comes from ‘travel to the planets’ like obscure Pluto and fiery Mars, we simply see a cool collection of menswear garments, with Asian silhouettes and perfect tailoring. A touch of avant-garde with voluminous shapes, the collection is still wearable — think black, brown and grey wool coats layered over t-shirts and baggy trousers. The collection also had womenswear, but the menswear was what really shone, in our humble opinion.

Long white threads were spotted throughout the collection, created to reflect the stars and constellations on the dark night sky.

Benenato also designed her own shoes, handcrafted in Italy. Both boots and derby styles walked the runway, and fit in effortlessly with the designs. Most of the outwear in the collection was woven on antique looms — scarves, coats, capes and more. The result is a mishmash of imperfect, artistic elements that create detail and edginess when paired with more neutral looks. Some of the looks were topped off by scaly, fish-skin accessories, creating depth and texture for the looks.

BDMOTP especially loved the oversize, long coats and winter touches like a beret cap or a long, heavy turtleneck knit sweater. The whole collection, while never losing its elegance, gave a whole new meaning to the Danish term ‘hygge’ which means cozy and comfortable.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos by Isabel Benenato.

Frankie Morello’s AW18/19 collection was titled #FrankieMorelloEscape, and BDMOTP would honestly love to escape into this collection. Although Morello often pushes the fashion limits, this season, we were completely on board with his creative takes on fashion for both men and women, though here we’ll really be focusing on only menswear.

The collection was inspired by a path of spiritual evolution, which is interesting because the path of the collection also involved. In fact, it seemed like Morello designed many collections and fit them into one, but somehow, they all seemed to cohesively fit together perfectly. The looks start with black leather and studs, inspired by an intense cityscape, New York, perhaps. The collection then begins to evolve into something slightly softer, but still strong, with wool and jackets with fur collars and lining. We especially enjoyed the mohawk hat/hood, which has a line of black fur down the middle. Perfect for those who want to look fierce, but only sporadically.

The collection continues into looks ranging from a dapper pinstriped suit to a super trendy jackets with leather sleeves and even culminates in a sweater with the word A**h*** printed on it. Not sure if we’ll be sporting that particular look here at BDMOTP, but we understand the fashion inspiration behind it. Denim jackets and jacquared blazers continue to walk the runways, with the final look fit for a Tibetan king — head-to-toe in floor length fur, born with attitude.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Frankie Morello.

Sulvam made it a point to share that this collection, which walked the AW18 runway in Milan, was a menswear collection. But, in today’s society, which designer Teppei Fujita says is “gender-free,” things are a little bit different, and every look in the collection can also be worn by a female. Or any gender or non-gender in between.

This was made clear when both males and females walked the runway in the ‘menswear’ collection. For this particular line, the designer really wanted to return to his roots, so the collection was inspired by the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Most of the looks use dark colors and larger silhouettes. When making sure a line is not gender-specific, oversize is important — obviously, the garments can’t be too tailored, otherwise they wouldn’t properly fit either males or females, hence the baggy looks.

We love the sort of ‘office wear gone bad’ style. It seems as if people are simply tired of regular work clothes and are searching for something new. Enter Sulvam, whose ripped up, oversize pinstripe and windowpane tunics seem like the ideal alternative. Plus, the Timberland boots certainly give the look a defined edginess.

Furry bags and puffy coats with exposed pockets cover the angst of the office wear looks and cropped turtlenecks are layered below long, pink button ups. Of course, it wouldn’t be a 90s throwback without some baggy jeans, either, and we love the knitted vests and head gear.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos by Sulvam.

From Puglia to Tokyo to New York to Milan, Sartorial Monk designer Sabàto Russo combines inspirations from both the East and West in his collection Silenzio. Mimimalist Japanese garments are combined with Italian trends and tailoring to create a distinct mesh of cultures.

Models walked the runway barefoot, with long, straight leg pants, tunics and baggy, voluminous sweaters. Though I’m sure during an autumn and winter season one would need to combine these looks with some sort of footwear, the concept of Silenzio was refined thanks to the bare feet.

Although the line was minimalist and simple, casual separates made of crushed velvet and silk created a bit of essence within the line, ideal for a night out on the town in London, Milan, Tokyo or New York.

A few baggy pinstripe suits would be appropriate for an alternative office look. In fact, there were a few suits that could be worn to the office, though as they weren’t tailored to fit snugly, this workwear might be better suited to a man working in PR, fashion or advertising, rather than banking, though gentlemanly all the same.

BDMOTP especially enjoyed the burgundy crushed velvet tunic and pants, a unique look that would be ideal for a December holiday party, though we’d prefer to pair the look with footwear, of course, especially during winter weather. We also enjoyed a rather festive patterned black-and-white type that could also be fashioned into holiday wear for winter 2018.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Sartorial Monk.

There’s nothing more impressive than a sports car — and any gentleman could certainly appreciate the beauty of a Lamborghini. Distinctly Italian, it’s not surprising that the brand chooses Milan to show it’s collection of both car and fashion, though is there really a distinction between the two?

This season, guests could enjoy the checking out the Lamborghini Urus Super SUV, the Lamborghini Countach 25° Anniversario, Aventador S and Huracán Performante cars.

While admiring the vehicles, BDMOTP was also able to check out the clothing, which was separted into three different collections: Informal Luxury, Casual and Pilota Ufficiale.

After all, a man may have several different occasions to visit in his Lamborghini, and an outfit for each is necessary. The brand will also be partnering with Swiss Prestige Cosmetics for a coming skincare line called Men’s Code.

We particularly enjoyed seeing some of the jackets, especially the leather and suede ones, which would clearly look fantastic on a man driving his Lamborghini (or his Toyota) around town.

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Of course, if you take your Lambo to the gym, you could always aim for a sportier look.

You really can never go wrong with a cool, casual t-shirt. Of course, little mini-Lamborghini’s may be the only style car that currently may be in your budget, but a man can dream, of course.

Or a slightly preppier polo-type look paired with signature baseball cap could work for a Saturday afternoon cruise around the neighborhood.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Lamborghini.

Here at BDMOTP we are Canali super fans. Their dapper suit and casual wear is basically the definition of being a well-dressed man, and we are always the most excited to see this particular collection each season during Milan Fashion Week.

For AW18, we fell in love all over again with the long, straight overcoats and the burgundy color scheme. The collection itself was inspired by light and shadows, particularly as they emerge each morning over the cityscape.

We can’t help but be impressed by the wool, the cashmere, the plaid, the houndstooth and the herringbone. The collection is also practical, though, not just a delight to look at, with designs made from ultra-light, luxurious and warm fabrics for maximum comfort. Canali is one of the few brands, after all, that we really wouldn’t mind being decked out in head-to-toe.

Of course, that means we’d have to be onboard with the accessories too, and the lightweight leather weekender bags and briefcases perfectly match the elegant designs. The shoes also fit (quite literally) — with different varieties that complete each look. It’s nice that Canali chose to prioritize both style and comfort with their lightly squared toe.

Layer upon layer appeals to us as well. If the AW18 weather is anything like this past season, we’ll need those layers to accommodate snowstorms, summer temps, hurricanes and more — all in the span of October to March.

Here at BDMOTP we truly believe you can never go wrong with Canali, and the coming collection is simply reinforced our statement even more.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Canali.

Big Uncle launched their Inner Circle collection for AW18, and it’s just as you might have imagined. When you think about the concept of an Inner Circle, it’s the exclusiveness that really makes it what it is. The inner circle is the closeknit, the best of the best, always in the know, always the most stylish, always on the ball.

It’s a strong title for a  strong collection. Although there were only a few looks shown by Big Uncle, they certainly were part of an inner circle, important looks that were impeccably tailored and well-designed.

The garments were mainly brown and navy with pops of pink and baby blue, each look a solid representation of the brand itself. A suit, a jumpsuit, a cape, and separates were all included, and we here at BDMOTP were especially impressed by the wool jumpsuit, taking the athleisure trend to a whole new level of elegant and sporty.

Knitwear was also present in the collection with long, dangling scarves and a warm, wintery sweater. The suit, tailored and shortened to a trendy length, was embellished with some long, silky stripes.

The Inner Circle, as it often does in lifeleft us wanting more — curious to see more of what these looks represented. Here at BDMOTP we would love to see what else this brand has to share — elaborations on all of these different styles and looks — both the inner circle and the surrounding outer circle too.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Big Uncle.

BDMOTP is back at Milan Fashion Week and ready to check out the AW18 collections, starting with fancy shoe designer Guiseppe Zanotti, known for his glittery and bedazzled footwear collections.

This season’s collection was called Versatile, and we here at BDMOTP were thrilled to see that so many different shoe styles and types could all live under the same roof of one season’s collection.

As usual, Zanotti has his elegant shoes — velvet slip on’s embellished with jewels, studs or even a subtle ‘Bonne Nuit’ — which means ‘good night’ in French. Colors are dark and stylish, and velvet is a key player in the fabric game this season. All sorts of boots, like the combat are found with the collection too, reminding us that this is a fall-winter collection.

Then there’s the sporty set — bold and bright colors cover the certain attention-grabbing sneakers, though we suppose you could wear them to the gym. Neon and patent leather, tennis shoes and plenty of zippers, laces and more, these shoes are made for those wanting to be noticed.

This season, the brand upped their game with a new style (remember, versatility!), which was a sneaker with a built in Guiseppe Zanotti sock, taking out the complication of trying to find a fashionable pair of socks to sport with your hip trainers and cuffed trousers.

Of course, this ‘sock’ isn’t removable or washable, so you’ve got it there, attached to your shoe for life, so perhaps don’t plan to get too sporty in this particular pair!

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Guiseppe Zanotti.

As we were happily surprised last time covering Cottweiler and introducing them as the new kids on the block for London tailor-made concept wear that would probably feature not so badly in the MOMA or the TATE on exhibition, it was always going to be a hard sell to take Savile Row bespoke & action wear to next level (hmm).

But so designers Ben Cottrell and Matt Dainty did manage after all by setting this latest winterish underground collection (suits and hair and hands wet on the runway et al.) of Cottweiler inside the belly of the Earth’s Treasury Gallery in the London Natural History Museum, which is chock full of all types of minerals, which poses of course contradiction in that modern synthetics are now mixed with traditional types of wool (Merino from The Woolmark Company) but then again that was precisely the point because this type of ambiguity is what the designers strive for in concept works.

Synthetic vs natural, and real vs artificial, so that is why here we have the models dressed in underground caving and mining materials (Boris Bidjan Saberi is another designer whose concepts hark back to ice – climbing and caving) like harnesses, spotlights, and carabiners – synthetics mixed with woven wools – and frankly this is not the first time this has been witnessed on the runways in this glorious age of extreme sport luxury fashion, but aye, let’s give London credit of making the Hall of (largely robbed and stolen over the centuries by British explorers) Minerals available for this concept creation of modern fashion – wax and ceiling dripping trapping the miners shoe wear to the floors, and wetting their chests in the dark –, and the designers for trying to make the most of it.

Cottweiler concept wear – from the crystal caves of Krizna Jama to the Tate and the MOMA by way of the Museum of Natural History.

Hey, and let’s not forget a special mention for them oh so very masculine Mulberry bags in stalactite blue (not kidding you, look it up, it exists) or spring ice white in which you could pack your foulard in case you feel a little cold while looking for crystals underground. Or perhaps a small brumisateur parfum Chanel Bleu – just in case.

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Words by Sandro and photos by Cottweiler

 

D.GNAK, a brand that BDMOTP has been lucky enough to see in Seoul, Milan and London, is back at it with a very black and white collection for London Fashion Week Mens. The AW18 collection was inspired by Chinese poetry and the concept of transience. While you can strive for a glamorous life, it won’t last forever. But while it lasts, you should probably be wearing D.GNAK. Or at least that’s we think the brand is telling us.

The collection itself is pure streetwear: an urban, modern collection for a creative man. With all the details of Western built into Korean silhouettes, the collection is actually made entirely in black and white. With motifs like skulls and crossbones, as well as the word REPENTANCE placed sporadically on some of the garments throughout the collection, we again feel the concept of transience. D.GNAK is also king of the asymmetrical zipper.

But what is a Korean silhouette, really? Typically, it’s about playing with volume. Tapered jackets or long trenches paired with varying volumes of pants is a theme rounding out the collection. This time around, we see hoods and high-neck collars, and plenty of leather. Velvet, wool and jacquard also make an appearance.

Here at BDMOTP we love the idea of playing with D.GNAK’s separates. Instead of keeping a whole monochrome black look, we’d probably pair a jacket with some denim, or layer some of the pieces in with more classical looks for more versatility. But those who love a head-to-toe black look can pull of a D.GNAK look, that’s for sure.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from D.GNAK.

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