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Milano Moda Uomo A/W 11-12 Review by Damien Neva

Whatever the Ford Models Blog thought it had learned during New York Fashion Week in September of last year gave it enough confidence for it to think it could tackle the January menswear shows in Milan. Foolhardy perhaps, but risk is this page’s wont and especially so when the rewards are as great as they are in Milan. The fashion capital of Italy in particular affords models with Ford Men not only an opportunity to walk for many of the world’s top menswear designers, but also to make some money in the process — “trade” shows are about as alien as bad coffee is in Milan. The six full days spent in Milan were busy to say the least and along the way the Ford Models Blog spent a considerable amount of time at the shows with Aiden Andrews, Adrien Sahores, Christian Brylle, Douglas Neitzke, Bobby Nicholas, Eric Watts, Isaac Carew, and Linus Gustin. We also had the pleasure of meeting Lars Burmeister, Evandro Soldati, Nikola Jovanovic, Antonio Navas, Tom Warren, Johan Johansson, Michael Wozniak, Andre Condit, Louis Rado, and a handful of other boys Ford Men will hopefully be representing in New York very soon.

The first show we attended in the week was Costume National, which featured Aiden Andrews, Christian Brylle, and Douglas Neitzke. As it turned out Aiden opened the show despite not even having done a fitting prior to the 0900 call time Saturday morning. An impromptu fitting took place that morning and not before long Aiden was outfitted with the opening look by designer Ennio Capasa. After that show we made a mad dash to Jil Sander where were joined by Adrien Sahores of Ford Homme Paris. Guido Palau was on hand working with plenty of product to see to it that hair did his bidding for Belgian designer Raf Simons. Guido was of course at many of the top shows not least of which included the Bottega Veneta F/W 11 presentation, which featured Eric Watts and Bobby Nicholas. We ended the week of shows on Tuesday with Neil Barrett and Z Zegna.

When we weren’t gadding about with the models to shows, we were attending parties such as the one hosted by Dolce & Gabbana on the Saturday night hours after their show earlier in the day. Held in the opulent Dolce & Gabbana menswear retail space on Corso Venezia the party was packed to the hilt, but we nevertheless still managed to say hello to Ford Men’s Lars Burmeister, Evandro Soldati, and Antonio Navas all of whom featured in the F/W 11 show. André Ziehe and photographer Mariano Vivanco, however proved elusive attendees despite their shared prominence from the Dolce & Gabbana Uomini volume. Judging the book by the cover it’s hardly surprising we were unable to reach them in the well crowded space, they were likely surrounded fifty deep by fellow guests and admirers alike.

We also enjoyed meeting our fine colleagues from Ford Homme Paris, D’Management Group, Future Models, and Unique Copenhagen with whom we share many models — this was easily one of the highlights of an already eventful week. Things we missed in Milano included meeting up with Francisco Lachowski, but given that he featured in ten shows it is understandable — next time, Chico! We also missed going inside the Duomo and venturing up to the San Siro, which are easily the two most holy sites in all of Milan. Come June we’ll hopefully put that right and until we do that, then please enjoy this photo and video review of the Ford Models Blog week in Milan.

Ford Men Milano Uomo A/W 11-12
Adrian Bosch: Corneliani, Jil Sander, D&G, Alexander McQueen, Versace
Adrien Sahores: Jil Sander, Prada, Versace, Pringle of Scotland (O, C), Z Zegna
Aiden Andrews: Costume National (O), Jil Sander, Prada, D&G, Moschino, Versace, Neil Barrett, Z Zegna
André Ziehe: Dolce & Gabbana
Antonio Navas: Dolce & Gabbana, Carlo Pignatelli Outside, Iceberg
Bobby Nicholas: Bottega Veneta, D&G, Z Zegna
Christian Brylle: Costume National, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni (O)
Douglas Neitzke: Costume National, John Varvatos
Eric Watts: Bottega Veneta (D)
Evandro Soldati: Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Iceberg, Giorgio Armani
Francisco Lachowski: Trussardi, Corneliani (C), Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Emporio Armani, Carlo Pignatelli Outside, Gucci, D&G, Moschino (O), Dsquared²
Isaac Carew: John Varvatos, Vivienne Westwood, John Richmond, Etro, Pringle of Scotland, Canali, Z Zegna
Johan Johansson: Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani
Lars Burmeister: Dolce & Gabbana
Linus Gustin, Trussardi, Corneliani, John Varvatos, Etro, Gucci, Moschino, Versace, Z Zegna
Max Motta, Corneliani,
Michael Wozniak: Trussardi
Nikola Jovanovic: Gucci (O), Dsquared²
Tom Warren: Dolce & Gabbana, Iceberg, D&G, Enrico Coveri

O: Open; C: Close; D: Direct booking

A chain secures a bicycle on sidewalk, Milano (Photography: Damien Neva)

A chain secures a bicycle on sidewalk, Milano (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews waits outside Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews waits outside Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Douglas Neitzke stirs caffé backstage at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Douglas Neitzke stirs caffé backstage at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews awaits fitting backstage at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews awaits fitting backstage at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews awaits further fitting backstage at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews awaits further fitting backstage at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews gestures to friends backstage at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews gestures to friends backstage at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

A mood board rests against backstage wall at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

A mood board rests against backstage wall at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Costume National designer Ennio Capasa speaks with journalist (Photography: Damien Neva)

Costume National designer Ennio Capasa speaks with journalist (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews & Douglas Neitzke undergo styling at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews & Douglas Neitzke undergo styling at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Christian Brylle points down the Costume National runway (Photography: Damien Neva)

Christian Brylle points down the Costume National runway (Photography: Damien Neva)

Costume National runway is prepared (Photography: Damien Neva)

Costume National runway is prepared (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews & Douglas Neitzke pose at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews & Douglas Neitzke pose at Costume National (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews & Douglas Neitzke await Costume National rehearsal (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews & Douglas Neitzke await Costume National rehearsal (Photography: Damien Neva)

Models walk for Costume National finale (Photography: Damien Neva)

Models walk for Costume National finale (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews has his hair dried at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews has his hair dried at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews eats a sandwich whilst his nails are filed at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews eats a sandwich whilst his nails are filed at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews & Adrien Sahores wait backstage at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews & Adrien Sahores wait backstage at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Guido Palau styles Aiden Andrews's hair backstage at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Guido Palau styles Aiden Andrews's hair backstage at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores & Aiden Andrews pose backstage at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores & Aiden Andrews pose backstage at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores & Aiden Andrews pose backstage at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores & Aiden Andrews pose backstage at Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores holds glass of sparkling wine following Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores holds glass of sparkling wine following Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews drinks sparkling wine following Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews drinks sparkling wine following Jil Sander (Photography: Damien Neva)

Lars Burmeister is greeted his agent, Emily Novak, at Dolce & Gabbana (Photography: Damien Neva)

Lars Burmeister is greeted his agent, Emily Novak, at Dolce & Gabbana (Photography: Damien Neva)

Evandro Soldati poses with his agent, Jesse Simon, at Dolce & Gabbana (Photography: Damien Neva)

Evandro Soldati poses with his agent, Jesse Simon, at Dolce & Gabbana (Photography: Damien Neva)

Eric Watts shows off Guido Palau styled hair at Bottega Veneta (Photography: Damien Neva)

Eric Watts shows off Guido Palau styled hair at Bottega Veneta (Photography: Damien Neva)

Bobby Nicholas poses in front of Duomo (Photography: Damien Neva)

Bobby Nicholas poses in front of Duomo (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores, Aiden Andrews & Jesse Simon toast the evening (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores, Aiden Andrews & Jesse Simon toast the evening (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews walks Neil Barrett runway (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews walks Neil Barrett runway (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews's look card hangs backstage at Neil Barrett (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews's look card hangs backstage at Neil Barrett (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews poses backstage at Neil Barrett w/Blake Woods, Emily Novak & Jesse Simon (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews poses backstage at Neil Barrett w/Blake Woods, Emily Novak & Jesse Simon (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews awaits one last show in Milano (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews awaits one last show in Milano (Photography: Damien Neva)

Z Zegna logo hangs on wall backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Z Zegna logo hangs on wall backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores poses backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores poses backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews listens to Bobby Nicholas tell story backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews listens to Bobby Nicholas tell story backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Looks board rests against hair & makeup table at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Looks board rests against hair & makeup table at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Linus Gustin waits backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Linus Gustin waits backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Linus Gustin poses backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Linus Gustin poses backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Bobby Nicholas shows his looks card backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Bobby Nicholas shows his looks card backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Bobby Nicholas shows his looks card backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Bobby Nicholas shows his looks card backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Isaac Carew is interviewed by Fashion TV backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Isaac Carew is interviewed by Fashion TV backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Isaac Carew poses backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Isaac Carew poses backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Isaac Carew poses backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Isaac Carew poses backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Looks board hangs on wall backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Looks board hangs on wall backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Isaac Carew poses in his look backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Isaac Carew poses in his look backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Bobby Nicholas & Isaac Carew pose in their looks backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Bobby Nicholas & Isaac Carew pose in their looks backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores poses in his look backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Adrien Sahores poses in his look backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Linus Gustin poses in his look backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Linus Gustin poses in his look backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews is fitted into his look backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)

Aiden Andrews is fitted into his look backstage at Z Zegna (Photography: Damien Neva)


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