The Omicron variant is having a major impact on the upcoming A/W 2022 menswear shows, from Pitti to Paris. Here we present our expert guide to how each fashion city is approaching the upcoming season, which kicks off later this week.

Men’s fashion week A/W 2022: all you need to know

Pitti Immagine Uomo 101
11 – 13 January 2022

Kicking off men’s fashion week A/W 2022, prepare for sprezzatura (Italy’s brand of studied carelessness) to return to the Tuscan capital, as Florence plays host to a menswear extravaganza, themed around the concept of ‘Reflections’. Unfortunately, rises in infection cases of the Omnicron variant have led to schedule cancellations, from brands including Brunello Cucinelli and guest brand Ann Demeulemeester. Still, Kiton presents its casual line KTN for the first time; Paul & Shark cements its commitment to sustainability; and British heritage label Connolly debuts its Sporting collection.

JW Anderson S/S 2022 lookbook
JW Anderson S/S 2022

Milan Fashion Week
15 – 17 January 2022

A number of brands have cancelled physical presentations and events, due to rising Omicron infection rates in Europe, including Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Gucci, MSGM and JW Anderson, which was scheduled to present its first menswear show in Italy. However, look out for catwalk shows from brands including Fendi, Prada, Ermenegildo Zegna and Dolce & Gabbana.

Paris Fashion Week
18 – 23 January 2022

Crossing the English Channel has proved tricky in the wake of Covid-19 travel restrictions, but a host of behemoth and burgeoning brands are presenting in the French capital. Expect shows from Rick Owens, Loewe, Issey Miyake and Hermès. In a moving tribute, Louis Vuitton will present the final collection of the late Virgil Abloh, who passed away in November 2021. §