Your Instagram TL would probably have you believe that Pitti Uomo was a four-day street style extravaganza where dapper middle-aged gentlemen strolled the streets, one hand in pinstripe pocket, eyebrow raised. But in actual fact, the four-day biannual event in Tuscany’s capital, Florence, is a gargantuan trade show allowing visitors to see the crème de la crème of the menswear scene. And a couple of weeks ago, it entered its 95th year.
Every year, a guest fashion designer is invited to show their seasonal offering in the prestigious menswear guest designer slot – one that has previously seen Gosha Rubchinskiy, Craig Green and Raf Simons take the helm. So for 2019? Belgian designer Glenn Martens of Paris-based brand Y/Project took the spotlight, showcasing their AW19 collection.
Streetwear was mashed up with historical and couture elements, and gender stereotypes were blurred with tongue-in-cheek, playful vibes (think tulle sleeves poking out under knits).