From Rodarte to Heritage Trends: Highlights From Pitti Immagine’s Trade Show

A look at the events, launches and trends that came out of Pitti Immagine, Italy's biannual trade show in Florence.

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The biannual men's tradeshow Pitti Immagine Uomo, which takes place in Florence showcased 995 brands in a 59,000 meter space with over 32,000 visitors attending this season.
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Band of Outsiders was this season's Pitti Guest Designer. Designer Scott Sternberg showed Band of Outsiders Spring 2012 collection (the men's collection) as well as Boy's 2011/2012 resort collection (the women's collection) at a former cigar factory, staging a dance number inspired by the musical West Side Story.
To highlight several of the menswear brands at the fair including Brunello Cucinelli and Church's curator Olivier Saillard staged a performance art piece "Dress Like a Man" where female models twisted and reshaped menswear pieces into body conscious skirts, jackets and dresses.
5/21 and Vivienne Westwood launched a new accessories collection, which is made entirely in Africa of recycled materials.
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The fair, in conjunction with Altaroma and L'Uomo Vogue sponsors a competition, Who is On Next?, dedicated to honoring Italian or Italy-based new talents in men's fashion. This season Andrea Pompilio (pictured) and Emiliano Rinaldi walked away with prizes.
Rodarte debuted a special collection at Pitti Immagine this season -- 11 pieces featuring over 30,000 Swarovski crystals. The collection was quickly bought by LACMA in Los Angeles.
There was performance art throughout the trade show. A trapeze artist for instance lifted by balloons kicked off the fair.
Tommy Hilfiger and GH Bass debuted a capsule collection for both men and women.
Pringle of Scotland unveiled its Archive Project, done in collaboration with Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design featuring iconic images from its storied history.
DOUBLE BREASTED JACKET The double breasted jacket was one of the big trends to come out of Pitti, including this version from Brunello Cucinelli.
HERITAGE Ties at Stefano Ricci are being made by Antico Setificio Fiorentino, a silk weave manufacturer founded in 1786.
HERITAGE Pocket squares are having a resurgence, including this version from Woolrich Woolen Mills. Brunello Cucinelli also debuted a pocket square holder.
THE NEW SHOE Harrys of London Chukka boot was a standout shoe at the fair.
THE NEW SHOE Fratelli Rossetti is experimenting with color this season -- thanks in part to Orange County based George Esquivel who is helping the Italian label to update itself.
COBALT L.B.M. 1911 is jumping on one of the hottest trends to come out of Pitti Uomo -- cobalt blue.
COBALT Isaia featured cobalt blue too -- with this double breasted checkered jacket.
AMERICANA With a slight nod to Americana backpacks popped up at Pitti Uomo including this version from Penfield Trailwear.
AMERICANA Lots of designers are showing sweatshirts this season from Jack Spade to Sundek (pictured) whose versions are surf inspired.
RAINBOW BRIGHTS It was rainbow bright sports jackets at Oxxford Clothes.
RAINBOW BRIGHTS Brooks Brothers Black Fleece also went with bright colors -- taking inspiration from Jil Sander's spring 2011 women's collection.
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