Brad Goreski's Highlights from The Milan Men's Shows, Part 1
The very first collection I got to see in Milan was Brunello Cucinelli's, which really stood out—especially because of the one-and-a-half-breasted suit. It's super-lean, so even if you leave the jacket open it doesn't flare out like a double-breasted jacket does. It stays close to the body, which I thought was genius. I actually went to the appointment in this super-colorful outfit, which means I totally stood out in a sea of neutrals. I couldn't tell if I was a fashion do or don't, but I thought I heard Brunello say I looked chic in Italian—so I'm just going to go with that.
Before the Jil Sander show, the brand was kind enough to send over a big shopping bag of stuff to choose from. When I saw this orange suit, I knew that was what I was going to wear. Usually samples have to be altered, but thanks to the fashion gods, this just fit perfectly—from the sleeves to the waist to the pants length. As I was driving to the show, I noticed that the guys doing construction on the street were wearing the exact same color, so I like to think I was a high-fashion version of a construction worker.
On the street I noticed this model coming from a Dsquared casting in a tank top and shorts and black socks. My favorite thing about Milan is that you see these guys, and it's as if a spaceship came out of the most attractive planet invented and just dropped them off all across the city.
For the Neil Barrett show, I put on a plaid Michael Bastian shorts suit and decided to make it my own by pulling on my Swarovski-crystal-encrusted Louboutin high-tops. What I like about the look is that Michael's always doing this really masculine thing, but I took it to Oz with my male version of a ruby slipper. I had a moment before when I thought, "Is this just too obnoxious?" But then I just think of Anna Dello Russo—who'll walk out of the house with cherries on her head—so why can't I wear Swarovski high-tops if I want to? Any time I have doubt I just think, "What would ADR do?"
I got to meet Noah Mills at the Details party, which was such a highlight! Now, I know girls will freak out over Joe Jonas and Justin Bieber, but they're 20 years younger than I am, and I freak out over male models. Even though I'm usually very chatty and outgoing, I got so shy around Noah! That's definitely a hump I'll have to get over if I'm going to keep styling men's fashion stories.
—By Brad Goreski
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