Milan and Paris recently saw the Spring Summer 2011 menswear shows. Here’s my picks in alphabetical order, pix via WWD/The Fashionisto. I tend to be extremely conventional and also prefer to avoid the trend towards black on black gothninja steez; so my opinion is obviously moot but I need somewhere to put cool photos of exotic luxury labels hehe.

I liked this look from Ann D. On some equestrian stormtrooper tip.

Costume National’s first few looks also struck a chord with their tones. That hidden button blazer is cool.

Kris van Assche put out an incredibly strong collection, a mostly black, semi Jedi-ish (one look seriously looked like Obi Wan Kenobi steez but in black) tunicky set that might have just banished the ghost that is Hedi. Don’t like the strappy sandals but love the sleeveless looks and particularly the third look with the beige contrast suit.

I didn’t like most of Dries van Noten’s Americana inspired collection but I liked this look.

I quite enjoyed Gaspard Yurkievich’s offerings. That last look is insane though. Wouldn’t wear it but it comes close to this futuristic prep aesthetic that I’m gunning for. The clash of textures, pattern and tonality is wonderful. Helps that the model has white hair though.

Angular cut out details provided the interest for Giuliano Fujiwara.

Henrik Vibskov bringing out the whacky as usual. Yet below all the bright prints and mad patterns lie some really wearable pieces. The man himself getting on his orange pier thingey. He had the models push out these boats on dry ground and wanted some kinda Venice.

Raf Simons put out a neon drenched collection for Jil Sander but I just like this simple, classic suit with the pocket detail.

Junya Watanabe went heavy with the nautical. I am totally copying the first 2 looks to death and looking for a bright parka. That last look is perfection imo.

Prada had some ok stuff and some stuff that looked liked doctors’ scrubs. This pair of vibramed out and rope soled brogues is sickness though. They come in a variety of shades, some tonal gradients like brown/green and have the bright contrast detail on the midsole plus the bottom sawtooth sole.

Petar Petrov sent his models out smiling which strongly reflected the casual steez of his collection.

Raf Simons celebrated 15 years in fashion and had these billowing pants with an absurd width. There was also plenty of zips and more zips. That last look is what I aspire to.