At the outset of every year I set new goals for what I want If I Was A Stylist to be. One of the goals I set for 2018 was to feature more menswear on here. As a male blogger I wanted to talk about the options out there that aren’t just black and blue for guys to wear on the red carpets. I’ve already added five reviews of some of my favorite runway collections from Milan, and a wish for some looks for guys to wear on the Golden Globe Awards red carpet. I decided to take the route that I do at the end of each fashion week and pick 10 looks from all of the shows and presentations during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Fall 2018 that I really want to see be worn on the red carpet. Often we don’t see many men pick looks right off the runway, but I have to say that with the streamlined excess of extra that we saw during Milan Fashion Week that there are plenty of options for them to do just that. So here are my 10 must see red carpet moment from Milan menswear! Brunello Cucinelli: When it comes to dressing stars for the red carpet Brunello Cucinelli has dressed almost everyone in Hollywood at least once I feel. The brand to me is the Italian counterpart to Tom Ford in the Untied States. You can always expect to see perfectly tailored menswear from a Brunello Cucinelli collection, that just elevates the boundaries of what is “expected” from menswear. I was taken with this camel velvet shawl lapel tuxedo jacket and with the Grammy’s coming up I definitely think that someone like Common would be the perfect person to give it a red carpet moment.
Daks: Since Burberry and Alexander McQueen left the London Fashion Week: Men’s scene we have seen some of the lesser known brands forfeit showing in London in favor of the likes of Florence during Pitti Uomo, Milan, Paris, and New York. British brand Daks is one of them. The brand delivers classic menswear in the perfect elevated manner. British actor Luke Evans would take this dark ruby velvet tuxedo with leather lapels and wear it with classic black tuxedo pants, crisp white shirt, and a black silk bow tie.DSquared2: Not everything on this list is going to be suit and tuxedos, first example is this grey micro gingham DSquared2 trucker jacket which features a black leather collar and arrow pocket detail layered over a matching shirt pair with black silk cotton trousers. This collection had distinct western, cowboy inspiration, but I think that for wear off the runway that someone like Kevin Hart would ditch the sequin neckerchief, bolo tie, big logo buckle belt in favor of simple styling.
Etro: Etro is always one of my favorite brands, whether it be menswear or womenswear. The Etro client always gives this citizen of the world vibe and I would just live in their clothes, but I it was the burgundy and blue plaid double breasted blazer paired with a cornflower blue knit sweater, a pale blue paisley button down, and navy tapered ankle length pants that I was really taken with. I feel like this suit just screams modern man and I think that Michael B. Jordan would know how to really wear a look like this. Fendi: I love Fendi. While I am not necessarily in favor of fur the brand always delivers some of the best outerwear on the market. As I flipped through the pictures of this collection there were 27 coats that I would magically like to see added into my closet. The collection mixed perfect tailoring and 90’s hip hop style in such a modern way, that I feel like we need to see so many pieces that people will want to incorporate into their wardrobes. This blue and beige plaid wool suit with a large plaid sweater is a definite contender for the red carpet and with a big promo tour coming up I think that Chadwick Boseman’s stylist better be getting on the phone with Fendi.
Moschino: You can read my thoughts on the Moschino Fall 2018 Menswear collection in a seperate post (because it has been one of those five menswear collections so far this year that I have individually reviewed.) Overall Moschino isn’t really a brand that we see on the red carpet, and I totally understand why. The pieces in these collections can be really out there, but If you strip back the runway styling I think that this gold tuxedo is definitely something that we could see someone Miguel pair with an undone black button up shirt, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Alpha Male’ gold chain embellished lace free oxfords for an event like the Grammy’s or as a stage look for performances. Neil Barrett: Usually when I look at Neil Barrett collections I see very cut and dry menswear and that was pretty much the case again when it came to the brands Fall 2018 Menswear collection. BUT there was a highlight with this full tan and olive large houndstooth print wool suit which features a matching button up shirt and skinny tie. Print is something that male stars seem to be very weary of wearing on the red carpet. But I think that someone like actor Riz Ahmed would be drawn to this suit. Riz was one of my Most Underrated red carpet stars last year, and I really want to see what 2018 with him has in store and a suit like this would definitely put him in contention for a spot on my Best of Menswear list at the end of the year.
No. 21: When it comes to women’s wear No. 21 is one of my favorite brands and I was really excited to see the brand deliver a really strong menswear collection this season too. It echoed some of the themes that Alessandro Dell’Aqua presented in his Pre-Fall 2018 collection for the brand last month. Overall these are the clothes that you would imagine seeing on the average person in the heartland, but done in a really elevated way. I think that is why I thought of G-Eazy to wear this white acid wash denim ensemble. I think that we could see each of these pieces in someones wardrobe individually, but I think that G-Easy could definitely rock a look like this for any of the pre-Grammy Awards parties next week. Ralph Lauren: I said that Ralph Lauren presented the perfect iteration of the modern take on the classic man for his Fall 2018 Menswear collection, and I think that Armie Hammer is the perfect example of that. He would take this black velvet blazer with braided knot buttons and purple shawl collar and cuffs and make it a really major moment on a red carpet that would undoubtedly be filled with standard black and navy tuxedos.
Versace: Bruno Mars music played in my head over and over as I flipped through the Versace Fall 2018 Menswear collection, and I think that he is definitely one that we will see wearing the looks from this runway on a red carpet. This blue baroque silk trench layered over a sheer baroque velvet shirt, and black pants to me screams Bruno’s style and I would watch Grammy week events to see if he does.