With increased attention to androgynous dressing and wardrobe-swapping as well as rising male millenial influencers, Men's fashion is more relevant than ever. With a slew of whimsical trends and surprising style cues, last week's Milan Fashion Week proved that when it comes to fashion, boys know how to have just as much fun as the girls.

Marni, Ermenegildo Zegna, Dirk Bikkembergs
Like a virgin

A number of designers debuted their first collections for design houses for Autumn Winter 2017 including Alessandro Sartori, appointed Artistic Director of Ermenegildo Zegna following his tenure at Berluti; Francesco Risso, formerly of Prada, showed his first collection for Marni after Consuelo Castiglioni's departure in October; Lee Wood's confident debut collection at Dirk Bikkemberg after a successful consulting career including 16 years working alongside Donatella Versace and Guillaume Meilland's first collection as menswear designer at Salvatore Ferragamo following his turn as senior designer at Lanvin.

Gucci 'turns its back' on Men's Fashion Week
Sitting out this round
Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Burberry and Calvin Klein Collection opted out of showing at the menswear shows, insteading choosing to present their men's collections alongside womenswear in February.

 

Dolce & Gabbana's millennial moment: #DGMilennials
With their presentation entitled, The New Princes, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana flooded the runway with young talent, moving last season's front rowers onto the runway including  Cameron Dallas, Austine Mahone, Presley Gerber, Rafferty Law, Brandon Thomas Lee, Lucky Blue Smith, Neels Visser, Sophia Richie, Juanpa Zurita, Marcus Butler and Le Oliveira.

Justin O'Shea, formerly of Brioni
Notably absent
Roberto Cavalli and Brioni both took breaks from the runway this season as they continue to look for replacements for creative director's Peter Dundas and Justin O'Shea, respectively.

Liz Hurley at DSquared2 and Paris Hilton at Phillip Plein
Surprise star-spotting
Blasting from the past, Elizabeth Hurley popped up at the DSquared2 show as did Paris Hilton who was also seen at Phillip Plein.

Wales Bonner, Astrid Andersen, Dolce & Gabbana and Emporio Armani
Quite the character
Men's A/W'17 was seemingly all about dress-ups. See: Friars at Wales Bonner, pirates at Antonio Marras, soldiers at Moschino, gauchos at Marcel Boulon and old-world gangsters at Emporio Armani.

The 10 best moments from Milan Men’s Fashion Week
Prada women stole the show
Who run the world?

Ermenegeldo Zegna, Wales Bonner, Gosha Rubinskiy
Up your game
Sportswear to a step up, next-lev-style. This is no longer just a meeting between street and high fashion, this is Sport Couture; luxe materials against high-tech fabrications in plush, regal colours as seen at Astrid Andersen.

Moschino, Emporio Armani and Wales Bonner
Side note: Backwards flat caps are a thing again.

Missoni, Marni and Coach
Ch-ch-check it out
Whether smart and stiff or cleverly deconstructed into punk vibes, checks were almost omnipresent at the shows.

Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana and Topman Design
Can't stop raving
Neon brights, fluffy toy back-packs and eye-watering graphics felt like a trip back to the 90s.

The 10 best moments from Milan Men’s Fashion Week