Gender Bender: Feminine Silhouettes Dominate Menswear in Milan Fashion Week 2022 - Lookbook

Dressing up is not so hard to do.

The future looks open-minded based on Milan Fashion Week’s January 2022 menswear edition.

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In the weeklong preview of coming fall/winter trends in male fashion, a common thread appeared in the collections of Italian luxury fashion brands.

This was a desire to subvert conventions in menswear, most notably in terms of silhouette.

By incorporating elements commonly associated with womenswear, or at least not traditionally seen in menswear, designers foresee a time when gender-based labels are no longer in fashion.

Such features include the adoption of feminine silhouettes resembling skirts, minidresses, and cape coats.

Other iterations of this trend were tops with peek-a-boo necklines, loose sleeves, cinched waists, shorts styled and cut like skirts, and bulky outerwear.

Here are the collections of Italian fashion houses recently showcased in Milan.


Fendi’s Men’s Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Fashion Show is inspired by the Roaring Twenties.

It described the collection as “reimagining a gentleman’s wardrobe for the New Roaring Twenties, with a touch of old-world elegance and a playful, disrupted formality that breaks all boundaries of the sartorial archetype.”


“The body is given emphasis, shoulders and waist delineated through traditional tailoring, a silhouette then transmuted to everyday garments, the two disciplines not only juxtaposed but brought together as one,” Prada said of its Fall/Winter 2022 Menswear Show.

The collection by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons was modeled by 10 actors: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum, Damson Idris, Kyle MacLachlan, Tom Mercier, Jaden Michael, Louis Partridge, Ashton Sanders, and Filippo Scotti.


Zegna similarly envisioned a “progressive direction for men’s style” with its Winter 2022 Fashion Show.

Artistic director Alessandro Sartori’s reimagined wardrobe features new shapes, functions, and textures that match the demands of contemporary life.

“The reality we live in today requires adaptability, it asks us all to be fluid,” Sartori explained. “Translating this idea into clothing means building a language of shapes and textures that grows and consolidates over time, matching the needs of the moment.”

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana said its Fall/Winter 2022 Fashion Show is a “tribute to two universes that coexist—music and the metaverse, expanding beyond the boundaries of currently known reality.”

“Through new proportions and geometry of lines and silhouettes, the collection interprets the new concept of clean, neat lines and image, that speaks of the current world of technology, the virtual, and the evolution,” it described the collection.

Photo by Fendi via Twitter

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