I spend most of my fashion time covering women's collections but every now and again I like to dip my toe into the men's fashion pool, which is how I ended up in sunny Florence for Pitti Uomo, a gigantic and glamorous men's fashion trade show that also hosts runway shows, presentations and all kinds of other high-style hootenannies.

I arrived on Tuesday and zipped over to the Dogana, a former train station (it seems like Florence has converted a lot of train stations into event spaces), for the 40th anniversary of C.P. & Company, an old school Italian outerwear brand. It was hard to focus on the clothes on display (pieces from all 40 years brought from the company's archives) with so many cute ushers wearing #CP40th t-shirts but being a hardened veteran journalist, I made it work.

To round out the day, I took a casual stroll to the wonderful Marino Marini Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of work by the well-known Italian sculptor and painter best know for his exuberant horse and rider statues. The museum is the former Church of St. Pancrazio and was the perfect location to host the temporary show Il Signor Nino featuring the personal collection of men's clothes of Nino Cerruti, a businessman and style icon who runs his family's textile business and also launched the Cerruti fashion house in 1967. The show was presented by Fondazione Pitti Discovery and curated by Mr. Cerruti himself along with respected fashion editor Angelo Flaccavento. The museum was the perfect backdrop for the tailored menswear pieces, which show off what a dandy Mr. Cerruti was and still is. Mr. C was at the opening hobknobbing and taking selfies with fans.

It was a great start to Pitti Uomo and makes me excited to see how the next three days shake out.



Il Signor Nino

Il Signor Nino

Il Signor Nino

Mr. Cerruti poses for a selfie with a fan

Il Signor Nino