It’s not often we get to hit pause for a moment during the whirlwind that is Milan and Paris fashion weeks, but that’s exactly what we did this season during our men’s Fall/Winter ’16 market trip—through the lens of photographer Justin Bridges. From intimate exchanges with our favorite designers and quiet passages on rain-soaked streets to the chaos of backstage and the exhilaration of the runway, scroll on for a buyer’s-eye-view of men’s fashion week.
The finishing touches make all the difference as a model is prepped backstage at the Marni show in Milan.
Photographers vie for the perfect shot before Marni‘s models hit the runway.
Over at Boglioli, creative director Davide Marello takes a his bow after premiering his debut collection for the brand.
Tod’s annually hosts their presentation at the gorgeous Villa Necchi Campiglio, a former private residence tucked away in the center of Milan.
Noted as a marvel of rationalist architecture, Villa Necchi Campiglio has survived entirely intact with its pool, tennis courts, and gardens since its construction in the 1930s.
The gardens of Villa Necchi Campiglio offer a moment of quiet serenity amid the hectic fashion week schedule.
Inside, the Tod’s lifestyle is on full-view.
Head of men’s Tom Kalenderian and CEO Mark Lee pause for a moment after leaving the Tod’s presentation in this historic villa.
On to the next appointment, this one at Bigi, where ties and scarves are still made by hand with old world craftsmanship.
Appreciating the mix of textures and patterns seen in Bigi‘s headquarters.
The final runway at Brioni demonstrates one of the season’s top trends: grey monotone in a variety of prints and textures.
After the excitement of the runway dissipated, Brioni creative director Brendan Mullane walks Mark Lee and buyer Nick McClish through the details of the collection as models stand by.
During their appointment at Fioroni, John Totolis and Mark Lee review options of cashmere intarsia knits for the fall season.
From the outside, Fioroni‘s headquarters are a study in Italian minimalism.
Careful deliberations at Kiton.
Kiton’s impressive collection of art on view with its impeccable racks of suits.
One of the team’s favorite looks from Giorgio Armani.
As hectic as the week can get, it’s worth pausing to take in the beauty of the Duomo di Milano.
One of the world’s oldest shopping malls and an attraction in its own right, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II provides a glimpse of the other side of fashion week for shoppers.
Early morning in Milan and the classic beauty of Italy.
Milan’s iconic street cars as the team bids the city arrivederci and heads to Paris.
A rainy Friday afternoon turns the sidewalk into a mirror as buyer Jonathan Rich, creative director Dennis Freedman, and Tom Kalenderian leave an appointment at Delvaux.
One third of the powerhouse team behind Orley, Matthew Orley chats with the team about the latest collection during their showroom appointment.
Buyer Drew Caldwell models his own stand-out knitwear while inspecting the latest offerings from Orley.
The team, led by Mark Lee, stroll down Galerie de Valois adjacent to Jardins du Palais Royal street on their way to an appointment.
At their appointment to Tomorrowland‘s Paris showroom, the team gets a treat in a visit with designer Hiroyuki Sasaki.
A can’t-miss-it styling choice is modeled backstage at Acne Studio‘s show.
Backstage at Balmain, models await final sign-off on their looks before hitting the runway.Buyers Chelsea Sutrisno and Drew Caldwell survey their edit at Virgil Abloh’s Off White showroom.
Final preparations are made to ensure all goes smoothly with Thom Browne‘s runway show, which featured models sporting Rene Magritte-esque bowler hats over their faces. Don’t worry—they could still see.
The dry run paid off when the well-practiced models hit the runway at Thom Bowne‘s Fall ’16 show.
Even with chilly January temps, Parisians make the most of the sunshine in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Inspiration abounds in the form of neoclassical architecture.
Buyer Julien Decanali peruses the racks at Lemaire, pulling together the pieces that are likely to be seen at Barneys come fall.
Hitting the road—Julien Decanali, Jay Bell, and Young-Su Kim leave Lemaire and take to the Paris streets.
For now it’s farewell to Europe, but not to the excitement of new collections and inspirations with New York Fashion Week: Men’s starting February 1st. Follow @barneysman for all the latest.