I’m reminded of something that happened in the mid ‘90’s when speaking with Mr. Armani: he questioned whether a tie would still be relevant in a modern man’s wardrobe. Based on the ones we saw at his Giorgio Armani show, in a collection more relevant than ever, they still are. Everything in menswear is in a twenty-year cycle, but I really think people are afraid of the tie right now. So many people have mastered the art of wearing one, and wearing it in different, more robust ways that designers on the runway feel like showing it is a cop-out. Milanese designers want more and more to be known as créateurs as well as master tailors.
So what do the designers do with sartorial ideas? They get put it in the Cuisinart, which is what Miuccia Prada did by taking the most casual thing possible, a Polynesian or Hawaiian print shirt, and paired with something sartorial. I think she really hit the nail on the head because she took those pinstriped, double-breasted jackets and she had fun with them. She mixed up the pants. But she admitted backstage that she put women in the show to make the men look exciting. She’s thinks that men are a bit boring right now and I think she was making a statement about fashion in general: everyone’s kind of grabbing for straws.