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Style Advisor: Four Italian Designers To Know

Style Advisor: Four Italian Designers To Know

From the retro-inspired luxury of Alessandro Michele’s Gucci, to the bold opulence of Versace, to the off-beat cool of Missoni, Italian designers are amongst the world’s most-celebrated. Regarded as one of the most stylish nations on the planet, Italian men ooze the sort of effortless, elegant, sex-appeal that Brits can only dream of. From timeless classics to high-octane statements, their reputation for impeccable dressing is sustained by the fashion house’s their country has borne. Here, we take a look at some of Italy’s best-loved designers of the moment.

A black Gucci leather belt with a Gucci logo plaque buckle in black and gold in an Italian-inspired set with a white ceramic bust

GUCCI

So popular is Gucci, that the slang phrase “it’s all Gucci”, meaning “it’s all good”, has actually entered mainstream parlance. Creative Director Alessandro Michele is at the helm of the Italian power-house, serving up collections of geek-chic, retro-inspired, sportswear-infused pieces. Whether you think you could pull off this all-over sequin GG bomber or not, their logo trainers, horsebit loafers and GG Supreme-printed accessories are wardrobe staples.

DOLCE & GABBANA

Dolce & Gabbana is not shy or understated. It is loud, passionate and proud to be Italian. Their silk printed shirts have been gracing Europe’s most exclusive resorts for decades – the jet-set’s favourite label for luxe holiday pieces. From small luxury leather goods to statement-making sportswear and fine Italian tailoring, this A-list favourite epitomises the spirit of Italian style.

A black leather Dolce and Gabbana billfold wallet with a small gold Dolce & Gabbana logo in an Italian-inspired set featuring a ceramic bust, lemons and oranges
A pair of white leather mock-snake skin Giuseppe Zanotti May trainers on an Italian-inspired set with a white ceramic bust of a man's face

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

Tapped by A-listers from Kanye West to Zayn Malik for ultra-hyped shoe collaborations, Italian shoemaker Giuseppe Zanotti combines traditional techniques with high-fashion design. Italian men take great pride in their shoes, and you can do the same with smart dress shoes and cult trainers from this master of luxurious footwear. An icon of the industry.

VALENTINO

The heritage Italian brand, of which designer Valentino Garavani was king, has taken a streetwear-inspired approach to fashion in recent seasons. Still maintaining the house codes of luxury and refinement, expect sophisticated, sportswear-influenced pieces and an urban edge. Look no further for the latest men’s accessory trend: mini pouches, worn around the neck or across the chest. The only way to carry your iPhone this season.

A black Valentino sports-inspired phone pouch with white VLTN logos and an over-the-shoulder strap

Photography: Matthew Brann