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Valentino Menswear SS14

A military vein ran through Velentino's flip-flops and navy two-piece suits

A fusion of military references and tailoring emerged on the Valentino runway this season. Safari shades of sandy beige were contrasted against a sea of navy two-piece suits and flickers of burgundy and khaki. Most notably, Valentino dressed his army of models in camouflage print. It disguised trousers, zip-up jackets, two-piece suits and long-sleeved tops whilst others troops were masked under black-out frames. A rather unusual choice for footwear was the flip-flop, teamed with colour-block suits and pocket of jackets were formed from strips of leather. The fabric of choice this season for designers Maria Grazia Chirui and Pierpaolo Piccioli was denim – washed in a variety of tones, tailored into suits. Utilitarianism and combat were key motifs that joined forces and were crafted into an effortless uniform for the modern man.