The Editor's Picks

Milan Fashion Week Part 1

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Tailoring, shearling, roll necks and velvet are, judging by the looks being sent down the runway in Milan this weekend, your buzz words for next season. To help you plan your winter wardrobe well in advance here's our pick from the first round of shows including Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry Prorsum and Dolce & Gabbana .

Ermenegildo Zegna

A more casual collection from the master of boardroom elegance. Layers of sheepskin and shearling - more suited to the slopes than the office - came layered with beautifully cut separates.

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Key pieces: Zegna is next winter's go to for the seventies-inspired (yes, it's still a thing) sheepskin coat.

 

Dolce & Gabbana

There's nothing these boys do better than a bit of drama. From the showspace, coated in red velvet, to the black, hooded cape sent down the runway on the back of a nosferatu-esque model and the sharply tailored single and double breasted suits in inky black wool and blood red velvet; next season's tailoring is bold, sharp and strong in the shoulder.

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Key pieces: The beautiful great coats peppered throughout the collection were particularly strong.

Jil Sander

In marked contrast to the uber-bright shades sent down the runway  last winter, next season's outlook is mean and moody. This tailored tweed suit in Payne's grey (we also liked the double breasted version) was a particular highlight.

Key Pieces: The leather holdalls, man bags and mutches (man clutches) - some of which resembled rolled-up brown paper bags - made a welcome counterpoint to the darker looks.

Burberry Prorsum

Mr Bailey does it again with a contemporary take on classic tailoring. From the cigarette slim trousers in dark wool to close cut jackets in corduroy and beautiful flannel suits, looks came punctuated with simple accessories in warm hues.

Key pieces: the perfectly proportioned mustard yellow holdall (above) proves that this is a shade to invest in both this season and the next.

John Varvatos

Sharply tailored suits, tertiary shades and plenty of shearling made a strong yet understated point at the American designer's AW '12/13 show.

Ket pieces: The rockstar-esque boots in chocolate leather.

Bottega Veneta

A particularly strong collection from the Italian house. From the two tone suits (great when you can't decide between blue and grey) to the inside-out shearling coat, it proves that in the world of menswear some strong tailoring and a few considered twists can go a very long way

Key Pieces: they won't come cheap, but when the time comes, invest in some of Bottega Veneta's sleek black monk straps.

 

Words by Teo van den Broeke

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