Men Should Wear More Pink

MILAN — Spotting people in bright colors is always a thrill. Outside the latest round of men’s shows, which started on Friday and wrapped up earlier this week, dressing vibrantly seemed to be the law of the land.

Bold floral prints and embroidered flowers covered jackets, shirts and trousers. Pink, a color I’d see occasionally in years past, was seemingly inescapable, brightening up lots of outfits as well as the occasional head of hair. There was also green hair, a look that Jeremy Sochan of the San Antonio Spurs debuted last month — about 30 years after Dennis Rodman did it while he was playing for the Spurs. Mr. Rodman, as it happens, was also a fan of gender fluid dressing, which in recent years has only become more ubiquitous on the street. I hope this trend continues.

I once read that color-blocking works best when you wear no more than three different colors. With four, this outfit broke that rule — but I loved how the peach overcoat enhanced the palette of the blush jacket, yellow shirt and mint-green pants.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
More pink, this time combined with baggy black cargo pants and a backpack. With his bleached surfer hair, the overall effect suggested a raver — with a taste for high fashion.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times

Wouldn’t it be fun to do custom embroidery on a coat? Let this denim jacket inspire a D.I.Y. project of your own.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times

There was something very punk about the clashing layers of this outfit that I snapped outside of the Simon Cracker show. The black coat, the pink dress, the white boots. Could it all be vintage? Yes.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
Why put a flower on your lapel when you can embroider it on your breast?Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
When documenting style during fashion week season, I’m always looking for moments that don’t register as your typical fare. I took this photo outside the Prada show, but looking at it, there’s no trace of fashion week.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
The Prada men’s show, arguably the main event in Milan, has always been a bit of a spectacle in terms of crowds. This year, hundreds of K-pop fans gathered outside the venue for the chance to glimpse the boy band Enhypen.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
These looks — a black jacket with safety pins through the arms and a denim jacket trimmed in pink fur — couldn’t be more different. And yet, total harmony.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
The long shadows cast by the setting sun as I took this portrait reminded me of the photos in “Preston Bus Station,” a book by the English photographer Jamie Hawkesworth. His work taught me the virtues of shooting late in the day.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
Now here’s something you don’t see a lot: shorts and knee-high socks under an overcoat.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
What you can’t tell from looking at this photo? The temperature hovered near 40 degrees. Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
On the street I saw flowers basically worn from head to toe — there were jackets, shirts, trousers and even bonnets covered in different floral prints.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
The rounded shape of her sunglasses was interesting, and I loved how their color accentuated the bits of yellow on her jacket.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
I kept thinking about this photo long after I took it outside the Jordanluca show. Not since the film “Spring Breakers” has a pink balaclava been so unforgettable.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
Photographing someone from behind can be seen as a sign of inexperience. I try to be very intentional when I do it. Whether I’m inspired by a detail on someone’s clothing or by their hair (as in this case), I want the portrait to convey what I felt standing there.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
When leaving the Prada show, Enhypen, the K-pop group, was greeted by the loudest ovation I’ve ever heard in my ten-plus years covering fashion week. The boy band graciously waved to onlookers for at least a minute before being whisked away.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
The tousled hair, the cigarette, the layered necklaces — every element of his look exuded rock star.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
I’m a big fan of Gucci’s collaboration with Adidas; their logos, when combined, really stand out. Whenever I shoot pieces from this collection, I get tons of excited feedback.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
Fans outside of the Prada show waiting for guests to exit.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
I’ve never considered myself someone who would wear a double-breasted jacket. But I was captivated by his classic interpretation of the style and how chic it looked paired with the black sunglasses and gloves.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
A great, colorful version of a classic wool blanket coat.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
There was something electric about the way that Susie Cave, right, the designer of the clothing line The Vampire’s Wife, looked at her husband, the musician Nick Cave, as they exited the Gucci show.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
The combination of fuzzy sweater and skirt is a men’s wear look that I can’t ever recall photographing before.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
The clothes! The hair! The attitude! Yes to all of it.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
A pink ombré sweater outside the MSGM show…Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
… and a shock of pink hair navigating security at the Prada show.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
Of all the overcoats I saw outside the shows, this one was my favorite. It was oversized, but a perfect fit for him.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
Perhaps my favorite candid photo from Milan, which I took outside of the Jordanluca show. The area was a bit crowded and people were blocking some of the light, but everything came together when I clicked the shutter button. Moments like this happen only once in a season, if I’m lucky.Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times
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