Milan menswear fashion week kicks off with a mix of physical and digital shows

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The fifth wave of the Covid pandemic, as well as its Omicron variation, has spread across Italy, forcing the Italian Fashion Chamber (CNMI) to change the schedule of Milan Fashion Week Men, which now only comprises four physical exhibits per day. The fashion week in Milan, set for January 14-18, has been disrupted by calendar changes and cancellations, but the five days dedicated to menswear shows for Fall/Winter 2022-23 promise to be no less appealing, with numerous new additions.

Irish designer Jonathan Anderson and his JW Anderson label, as well as Claudio Antonioli’s new label, 44 Label Group, have both decided to go digital, out of the six new names slated to debut on the Milanese runways this season.

Giorgio Armani has chosen to cancel all of its planned Giorgio Armani and Emporio shows due to health concerns. Other labels, including as MSGM, have followed Armani’s lead and opted to cancel their physical exhibitions in favour of digital versions, detracting from the Milanese event’s lustre. Despite the CNMI’s urgent pleas to its members to remain calm, something has happened.

1017 Alyx 9SM, the label of American designer Matthew Williams, who is also the creative director of Givenchy, as well as Federico Cina, JordanLuca, and Justin Gall, three of the most interesting emerging labels around, will all be making their first appearances in Milan, with runway shows confirmed.

Zegna, Dsquared2, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Philipp Plein, Etro, and Prada are among the top Italian designers who have confirmed their appearances. The final day of the week, Tuesday 18, will be dedicated to digital shows such as A-Cold-Wall, Children of the Discordance, and Serdar, among others.

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