Twice a year, the world’s most stylish people gather at Fortezza da Basso in Florence to participate in the world’s biggest menswear event, Pitti Uomo.
At Pitti Uomo (or simply Pitti) you can see a plethora of brands, buyers, photographers, models and of course, fashion influencers who are often responsible for setting next season’s sartorial trends.
I went to my first ever Pitti with three main goals in mind: 1) Meeting other fashion enthusiasts 2) Creating relationships with photographers and brands 3) Having lots of photographs taken (of course!). Having achieved all three goals and more, I also paid close attention to most daring looks and common patterns which are very likely to be seen on the street style scene in the next few months. Here we go.
1 Comeback of the classics
Pitti has always been famous for flamboyantly dressed men wearing crazy coloured suits and lots of accesories, walking around the famous Pitti wall with a sole hope of being noticed by the press. However, it seems like golden days of pitti peacockery are gone now. This June’s tailoring was dominated by classic menswear with a sprezzatura twist.
2 Neckerchief dominance
Pocket squares, ties and lapel pins have always been what set Pitti dandies apart. However, this summer’s most rakish men have been spotted rocking neckerchiefs. This includes wearing pocket squares as neckerchiefs, which you can see below.
3 Relaxed tailoring
Pitti Uomo 96 has proven that men can wear relaxed suiting and still make the best of Savile Row tailors proud. Less heavy fabrics, more relaxed textures and simple, breathing materials. Perfect balance for summer.
4 Classic hats are here to stay
Yes, we’ve seen Instagram’s most dapper men wear hats for a few seasons straight. What was seen in Florence this June has cleared all doubts and made it clear that classic retro inspired hats are a serious weapon in any sartorial conossieur’s arsenal.
5 Asian street style
Typically, when one thinks of Pitti Uomo, sharply dressed men wearing suits come to mind. Classy pocket squares, perfect fits, leather shoes and great level of craftsmanship. It’s all definitely still there, but with China being this year’s Guest Nation and lots of Asian fashion enthusiasts joining the showcase, it was difficult to not notice the shift towards the East. On one hand, the presence of Seoul inspired street style was difficult not to notice. On another, more classically dressed Asian conoisseiurs clearly set the tone for the fading of Pitti peacockery with their suits natural colours like brown, grey and beige.
Overall, Pitti Uomo 96 was different from previous editions, offering a “back to the roots” type of return to classic style, whilst also setting a direction towards Asian inspired street style. Stay tuned for more posts about Pitti. For now, stay rock’n’roll.