Milan menswear designers dispel gloom over euro-land with a bright summer 2013

MILAN – Casual and colorful is the message sent out by designers of menswear for summer 2013.

After four days of preview shows ending Tuesday, it is clear that the Italian designers – and others showing in Milan – want to project good vibes for next summer, despite European economic gloom.

The current round of menswear had a happy feel to it, whether it was offering suits with Bermuda shorts for the office or a fuchsia summer raincoat to outshine even the darkest cloud.

The myriad of big and brightly colored weekend bags, in materials ranging from simple canvas to precious crocodile, and the abundance of loafers, sneakers and running shoes, show that the designers are into the good life.

Shorts-short as well as knee length are the stars of the season, moving between resort and workplace with incredible ease.

The blazer also makes a huge comeback, cut close to the body, colorful and worn with a pair of shorts or a trouser cropped at the ankle. Lightweight coats are another summer favourite.

Although some designers threw in a tie for old times sake, the more popular piece to go under a suit was a white open-collared shirt or a classic polo shirt.

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