Tailoring was sharp and palettes were muted – and there wasn't a peacock in sight
Pitti Uomo divides opinion. While it’s an important fixture on the menswear calendar, it’s also a trade show (ostensibly for brands to do business) that’s dominated by influencers, bloggers and ‘Pitti peacocks’ who flock to Florence with the express intention of showing off in front of a camera.
While it’s certainly a stylish affair, for anyone with a genuine interest in clothes, it can be a sorry state of affairs to see gaggles of garishly dressed men competing for their own hollow five minutes worth of fame in the central square of the Fortezza da Basso. This is something I’ve written about before – a personal anti-peacock crusade if you will – but to focus only on ‘peacockery’ detracts from the ranks of genuinely stylish men who attend the show with a purpose that goes beyond having their picture taken; industry figures, creatives and journalists who live and breathe good clothes.
Thankfully, The Jackal’s man on the ground, photographer Robert Spangle of Thousand Yard Style, can spot a show-off from 500-feet, and cut through the crowds to find the best dressed of Pitti Uomo for us this season. Flick through for a masterclass in autumn/winter street style that’s anything but peacocky.