Esquire Editors' Top Picks from Milan Fashion Week

Our in-house fashion experts share their favorite shows.

The Esquire team is currently on the ground at Milan Fashion Week, soaking up all the fall/winter 2018 shows have to offer. Each day, we're rounding up the best of the best and telling you why we love it—and why you should have it on your radar. Here's what caught our eye today.

Ermengildo Zegna Couture

Ermengildo Zegna’s Alessandro Sartori delivered a highly polished collection for the house Friday night to open the Milan menswear shows. The show focused on sportswear and tailoring, which was elevated and made modern through the use of material and silhouette. Suiting and big, long cashmere coats had an enveloping softness to them, sharpened by slits, through which passed cloth belts that could be tied or left hanging.  Leather and shearling reinforced the luxury mood, while graphics played with the Couture line’s three-x logo (a nod to the tailor’s stitch) and natural patterns—stylized trees and bird footprints derived from the house’s Oasi Zegna, the mountain nature reserve above the original Zegna textile headquarters. Sartori’s collection confirmed that modern men seek a middle way between tailoring and sportswear that oozes luxury throughout. —Nick Sullivan 



Neil Barrett      

Neil Barrett showed a fantastic collection shot through with a sense of minimal cool. Pieces were masculine and simple—effortless but never boring. Standouts were the trim suits paired with trainers, a tailored denim cadet jacket, and the taupe chunky turtleneck sweater. But hands down, best-in-show for me goes to that olive green shearling bomber, which was perfection. —Matthew Marden 


Brunello Cucinelli

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One of the best things about Milan is getting time to have a conversation with Brunello Cucinelli, one of the most intelligent and inspiring minds working today. So much so that you come away from one of his presentations with your head buzzing with style ideas, yes—but also ideas for life. And since you're here for style, let’s talk about this season, which is a masterpiece. Cucinelli takes the corduroy trend and runs the board with it with three different wales. He also folds in a range of greens as well as rich, warm browns—what he calls his Out of Africa nod. Call it what you will. I call it one out-of-my-mind good. —Michael Hainey


Jimmy Choo

I'm a stickler when it comes to sunglasses, and rarely stray from my go-to Wayfarers. But in Milan we saw something really special. The new eyewear from Jimmy Choo, a first for the brand, is sexy, sleek, and effortlessly cool. There are a variety of styles and shapes which all work well, making these shades the must-have for next season. —MM



I loved the whole vibe of Etro. Staged like an enormous, mixed-up flea market, the models lingered amongst the ancient furniture and eclectic art in dandyish but pleasingly real-life tweeds, knits, scarves, bombers, and overcoats. It felt like the clothes you throw on for a mooch about town on a weekend. The furniture itself was gleaned from an imminent auction to be held next month, but peppered with prize possessions of Kean and the extended Etro family, including Kean’s venerable BSA motorcycle from 1924. —NS


Massimo Piombo


Massimo Piombo has always plowed his own furrow. When fashion way back in the '80s demanded big shoulders and glossy fabrics, Piombo headed as a beginner in the industry for the wilds of Scotland, to seek out from obscure mills the kind of earthy tweeds—then still the preserve of Savile Row—that his grandfather had once shipped to Italy as an importer and also often worn. His collection today had much of that early, wild-yet-gentlemanly spirit. Big chunky belted coats, in often eye-popping Shetland plaids and even teddy fur, were layered over suits or Shetland turtlenecks and had a roguish hint of Withnail and I—always a slam dunk for me. —NS


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