Pitti’s just around the corner and I’m now preparing everything for yet another outstanding week. Although it will be my 4th visit to the fair, I’m feeling as excited as the first time: the unique universe that surrounds Pitti makes it enticing every single time. Meeting favourite designers and previewing upcoming collections, discovering new brands and inspirations, exchanging ideas and rendezvous with old and new friends, all make it a one-of-a-kind experience.
As usual I’ll be covering the whole event, so stay tuned for an extensive feed of street style pics and collection previews. By the way, it’s always nice to remember that there’s more than just sharply dressed men at the Fortezza…
Ph: Beyond Fabric
For the second entry on the Holidays’ collaboration with Carlos Santos, I took it downtown to showcase a seasonal, yet essential shade on every man’s footwear collection: burgundy. A beautiful variation on the traditional use of black and brown, this rich color portrays a unique regal feel and elegance that sets it apart from the rest. Seamlessly blending into a variety of ensembles, burgundy shows an uncanny versatility, covering a wide range of models including boots, loafers, oxfords and brogues. On this occasion I went with the latter…
This interpretation of the timeless brogue features outstanding perforated detailing on the uppers, highlighted by the sheer quality of the leather and the richness of the wine-like shade. The elongated last with slightly round toe adds to the overall elegance of the shoe, enhanced by the leather soles, insoles and lining as well as the contrasting grey laces. I must say that along with derbies, brogues are probably the shoes I wear the most, be it with suits, slacks or just a pair of jeans. Here I kept the core look quite simple, pairing them with charcoal wool pants, white oxford button down and a brownish tweed aviator jacket. Accessories such as the vintage scarf and suspenders portraying hints of burgundy, add visual interest and help the whole outfit stand out.
Details: tweed avio jacket by CAMO, oxford button down by Our Legacy, mto worsted 120’s wool slacks by Gentleman, brogues by Carlos Santos, shades by Ray-Ban, vintage scarf and braces, and houndstooth socks by Pé de Meia.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Ph: Filipa Alves
I’m pretty sure that one of the things that keeps portuguese people going with (sort of) a smile on their faces is our climate. With ‘Xmas at the door we’re still enjoying beautiful sunny days that drive you to make the most of your city. Embracing the Holidays’ spirit, I teamed up once again with luxury footwear manufacturer Carlos Santos to celebrate traditional seasonal shades showcased through some of their outstanding models. Needless to say that the first roundup is focused on green…
Portraying a distinctive shade highlighted by the soft suede uppers, these ankle boots are definitely one of a kind. Its classic last and construction with leather soles, insoles and lining is perfectly balanced by the unique color, along with details such as contrast stitching and laces. This makes them suitable to wear on a variety of occasions and with different looks, ranging from denim up to a bolder suited attire. Here I incorporated them into a semi-formal ensemble, a personal favourite that will hardly let you be caught off-guard in any given occasion.
I’ve said it before, but I definitely believe green is one of the most underrated colors in menswear…it works perfectly with blue and grey and adds an unexpected feel to the whole look. Picking on the shades of the boots, the green striped shirt pairs beautifully with the navy cashmere tie and blackwatch scarf, while the timeless shawl collar cardigan adds some texture and contrast.
Details: wool shawl collar cardigan by Tommy Hilfiger, MTO green striped shirt, worn-out Levi’s 501, suede ankle boots by Carlos Santos, vintage tortoise shades, reversible blackwatch scarf by Coisas d’Homem, cashmere tie by Massimo Dutti, socks by Paul Smith and bracelets by Viola Milano.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira