Pitti Uomo 89: Back in Session

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What does the first day of middle school and il primio giorno di Pitti Uomo have in common?

Somewhere in the waning days of summer you realized half the people in homeroom would not be the same kids you played tag with every recess for seven years. Soon, you would walk through the gates of So-and-So Junior High delivering your first ever first impression. This is how you found yourself seated at period one, touting immaculate Jordans, a freshly starched Tommy Hilfiger collar, and the “faint” pungence of a Hugo Boss overmist.

First period and Firenze: it’s all premeditated, partner. Except your debut ensemble is captured by dozens of cameras, uploaded for likes, and #hashtagged, #hashtagged, #hastagged. For showcasing your style, Pitti holds the biggest spotlight. Some relish in the moment with the boldest of palettes, and some defend tradition with smart pairings. As a fumbling dilettante to the subject, I appreciate both and everything in between.

Nevertheless, there’s nothing like that first day.

So, please take your seats. Pitti Immagine Uomo is back in session.

First and foremost, Pitti Uomo is an arena for artisans and purveyors of fine cloth to get a feel for the next season before writing up an order. In short: it's business. Crisp winter tweeds for those who are more than fine with blending in the crowd.
First and foremost, Pitti Uomo is an arena for artisans and purveyors of fine cloth to get a feel for the next season before writing up an order. In short: it’s business. Crisp winter tweeds for those who are more than fine with blending in the crowd.
And then there's the class trendsetters. Walé Oyéjidé, brainchild of Ikiré Jones, walks comfortably his jacket adorned in feudal Japanese print. He also would have been one of the few eighth-graders to wear a Dragonball Z shirt and actually look cool.
And then there’s the movers and shakers, the trendsetters. Walé Oyéjidé, brainchild of Ikiré Jones, walks comfortably in a collage of feudal Japan. I bet he was one of the few eighth-graders to wear a Dragonball Z shirt and actually look cool.
Bespoke Dude Fabio Attanasio arrives ever-punctual, mixing business with pleasure.
Bespoke Dude Fabio Attanasio arrives ever-punctual, mixing business with pleasure.
The winter session of Pitti tops June's iteration when it comes to layering. Angel Bespoke's Angel Ramos topcoated.
The winter session of Pitti tops June’s iteration when it comes to layering. Angel Bespoke’s Angel Ramos discovering that someone just dug into his topcoat and stole his lunch money.
With every moment an opportunity for photographers, style icons du jour such as Khaled Nasr always stand at the ready.
With every moment an opportunity for photographers, style icons du jour such as Khaled Nasr always stand at the ready. Never look at the camera, people.
Style isn't just what you wear, but what you carry as well. Helsinki's Atte Rytkönen, totes an orange leather folio as daringly as a black Jansport over one shoulder.
Style isn’t just what you wear, but what you carry as well. Varsity-level casentino aside, Helsinki’s Atte Rytkönen, totes an orange leather folio as daringly as a black Jansport over one shoulder.
Ahhh shit, here come the cool kids: Jake of perennial juggernauts The Armoury reinforcing classic patterns and fit.
Jake of perennial juggernauts The Armoury reinforcing classic patterns and fit, and reemphasizing cool ain’t always in trying. You don’t know you’re beautiful . . . that’s what makes you beautiful. Wait.
Aseasonal boating stripes and an loose silk scarf are the kinds of risks that grab peers' attention at these events.
Unseasonal boating stripes and an fairweather scarf are the kinds of risks that grab peers’ attention at these events.
At the same time, the wise impart good sense and flair in subtle points.
At the same time, the wise impart good sense and flair in subtle points. Always a good lesson.
Street style at the ready, gentlemen.
Street style at the ready, gentlemen.
When it comes down to it, the first day should be as good as the last day. Arrive on time, but arrive as you are.
When it comes down to it, the first day should be as good as the last day. Arrive on time, but arrive as you are.

Images by Neil Watson

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Christopher Tuazon

Hong Kong Correspondent

Teacher, student, and believer in the lifelong learner. Also trying to find my place on the other side of the world I grew up in. I write to share stories and the lessons within them.