MILAN – Gaia Trussardi gave the fashion crowd here a lesson in the classics with her Spring/Summer 2016 men's collection.
Set among the dusty manuscripts of Milan's 18th century Braidense Library, models dressed in leather jackets and collegiate trench coats recited verses from Plato, Voltaire, William Shakespeare, and Alessandro Manzoni.
"I was inspired by a family man... A father, an executive," said Trussardi, adding that this season speaks to a man with "effortless elegance and calm intelligence."
Incredible attention to textures was in focus. Leather jackets had ostrich eggshell-like ridges, while jogging pants bore natural creases like mini streams of running water.
High tech materials, like bonded neoprene and 3D effect mesh, embellished coats exhibited in the towering halls of the baroque library.
Natural dye knits accented the lapels of leather jackets, while raffia fabrics punctuated the collection with a note of eco-sustainability.
With a muted color palette of dusty grays and chalk whites, Trussardi brought us a bit closer to fashion enlightenment.