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Having begun the week with a roundup of London Collections:Men, we thought we’d bring the week to a close with more menswear as we take a look at what Florence’s tradeshow Pitti Uomo has had to offer over the past three days. With the participation of established names as well as young names, Pitti Uomo 87 was one big celebration of men’s fashion. 

​Marni showed as guest designer at Pitti Uomo 87, presenting the label’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. Consuelo Castiglioni, designer for Marni, put together a collection of muted shades of blues and browns with the occasional bright splash of colour. Fur played a key part, giving the tailoring an additional dose of luxury. 

Hood-by-Air certainly drew a lot of attention at Pitti Uomo 87. The New York based streetwear label, a finalist of the 2014 LVMH prize, presented a show in Florence as part of the Pitti Uomo 87 schedule. HBA successfully fused the label’s streetwear origins with tailoring by bringing in elements such as overcoats, shirts and suits. The show was not only testimony that there’s scope to play with the traditions of tailoring, but also proof there’s more to HBA than meets the eye.

‘Arrivo’, the first joint project by designers Matteo Gioli and Stefano Ughetti, was presented was presented as part of Pitti Italics, an initiative to support new designers. The collection delved into the history of cycling, with a presentation that saw two models riding bicycles.  

Tilda Swinton also made an appearance at Pitti Uomo in a live performance entitled ‘Cloakroom’ alongside fashion historian and curator Olivier Saillard. For an hour, the British actress and model could be seen performing with items of clothing typically found in a cloakroom. 

British designer Margaret Howell has turned to Florence and opened a new flagship there, selling her menswear and womenswear collections on the backdrop of the store’s sleek interiors. In addition to the shop, the new address will also be home to a production office. The new store is located on Piazza Carlo Goldoni, adding a new luxury fashion destination to the map.

Pitti Uomo 87 may well be coming to a close, but there’s more menswear on the agenda as we follow on with the men’s shows starting in Milan tomorrow. Stay tuned for more updates on men’s luxury fashion.