You can tell a man by the shirt he wears. The Spring/ Summer 2017 menswear collections take shirts on a bold and colourful journey through tapered lines, natural fab- rics and classic hues, offering an eclectic smorgasbord of wearables that range from elegant to sporty, from cool to ironic.

With verve and zest is the best way to wear a shirt. In- deed, the shirt is a staple of the male wardrobe and, like an identity card, often reflects the wearer’s individuality. Because, after shedding its heavy mantle of winter sweat- ers and coats, the shirt emerges in all its summer glory, even taking the place of the jacket. And a shirt can say a lot about character. To celebrate 60 years of shirt-making, the Vicenza-based brand Xacus has unveiled the ‘A shirt a star’ capsule collection, inspired by the world of cinema and a billboard of stars past and present: from Elvis Pres- ley, the easy going charmer of Hawaiian fame, to Michael Douglas, the ruthless trader of Wall Street, not forgetting the aplomb of James Bond and the tenderness evoked by Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump. Meantime, Bagutta not only gives a new twist to its timeless white shirting line, but also dips its cottons into a brand new paint box. Our fashion editor loves ?/ We love ?/ The fashion team loves the full colour prints that play with the chromatic accents of flora and fauna, perfect for those who like their ap- pearance to reflect how super-happy they feel inside. The elegance of Sonrisa is a wearing point, not a talking point. The Italian label has added yet another chapter to its impressive shirt-maker history with Fior di cotone, or Cotton Flower, a fitting name for a shirt with perfumed aspirations. Pure linen and coated fabrics also feature on the 2017 sunny season style menu, with a colour palette that moves between typical summer brights and the rarefied air breathed by the deepest greens, greys and blues. The relaxed cool and the raw cuts of the Tintoria Mattei shirts cannot fool the quality conscious eye of the discerning, who will appreciate the superlight materials made in Japan and the tailored matrix of the shirt with its triangular stitching and trapezium shaped yokes. Neil Barrett read between broken lines of his collection that crosses cultures and include creative inputs from the four corners of the world. It is a cosmopolitan shirt. At Shirt Studio, the sophisticated sartorial interpretations of designer Alfredo Fabrizio redefine this wardrobe staple in a way that highlights the wearer’s individual take on life.

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