Fashion doesn’t just make you look good – it makes you feel good, too. As is proven twice a year in Florence.
When the Pitti Uomo fashion fair opens its doors, and fashionistas from around the globe arrive to show off all that their wardrobes have to offer. Everything they need for their fashionable flaunt has to fit into their suitcases: suit, coat, hat, gloves, sunglasses, tie, brightly coloured socks, jewellery – from lapel pin and cufflinks to feather. Because if you want to make an appearance as a pavone, a parading peacock – as the flâneurs on the streets of Florence are known – you simply must wear a feather in your hat. But at least you don’t have to pack your beard in your suitcase – that’s one item of luggage you can’t forget, though make a note to pack your grooming kit! Unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to get that indispensable early-morning appointment to have your beard trimmed and tidied.
Historical home of the Medici family, this city on the River Arno certainly provides the perfect setting to show off street style at its best. Casually conspicuous, visitors to the Pitti are so relaxed that when they meet, there are rich pickings for the fashion photographers waiting on the sidelines. Every year, Florence proves once again that women aren’t the only ones with good fashion sense. After all, the city’s Sala Bianca in the Palazzo Pitti was host to the first ever men’s fashion show: back in 1952, the Italian tailor Brioni made history by taking menswear just as seriously as womenswear always had been.
The trends? Hats are evergreens. But caution: when putting your heads together for an Instagram selfie, make sure that the colours of your headwear match! Combine with a twisted beard, racing driver gloves and round sunglasses. A plaid three-piece suit with a well-folded pocket square: whichever way you look, you’re bound to spot a dandy. The essential accessories? A cigar, frock coat or long coat with fur trimmings – and the icing on the cake: a walking stick.