'Dress Like a Man' Kicks Off Pitti Uomo With Aplomb
FLORENCE--It's that time of year again. We've landed in Italy for Pitti Immagine, the biannual trade show featuring the best of men's fashion, as well as up-and-coming women's designers. This season's highlights include a Band of Outsiders runway show this evening and a Rodarte event tomorrow night, where the sister duo will launch a new collection as well as their first book: Rodarte, Catherine Optie, Alec South. But as the young ones from Los Angeles prepared to take the stage, Pitti 80 kicked off with a particularly cool exhibition, curated by fashion historian and critic Olivier Saillard, whose most recent work includes the Madame Gres exhibit at the Palais Galliera fashion museum (where he is director). To uniquely highlight several of the standout menswear brands at the fair (including Brunello Cucinelli and Church's), Saillard envisioned "Dress Like a Man," a runway show/exhibition where female models twisted and reshaped traditional menswear into body conscious skirts, jackets, and dresses.