the best stuff is in the last half... It's too bad there aren't more blogs covering it like Kishida Days did last year if anybody sees coverage other than The Sartorialist, post 'em up to wit.... Elsewhere, Knitwear Goes Natural Belvest used very similar methods to different effect on its knitwear, which it over-printed with subdued natural hues to give them an inconsistent aged feel. Seen Here: A similar smoky effect used on sweaters at Belvest. Fuzzy, Not Fussy Belvest's other great contribution was cashmere blazers that had been washed to give them the felted fuzzy appeal of a favorite old jacket. Seen Here: The new take on cashmere blazers. Retro-Modern Twists On the other, Isaia likes to throw in unexpected and forward thinking twists. For fall, the theme was retro modern, inspired by the '60s winter-sports playground of Cortina D'Ampezzo where the rich and famous international jet set flocked when it was too cold for St. Tropez. Seen Here: A complete look from Isaia's Cortina collection. And, Um, More Plaid Fuzzy tartans suggestive of Scottish baronies and smoky English country houses imply that we're not quite ready for the back-to-work aesthetic. Seen Here: Belvest's tartan jacket. Plaids, Blanket Checks, and Tartans The plaids are, however, an indication of an early direction in men's style for Fall 2010. Plaid tweeds, blanket checks, and the occasional tartan are everywhere for jackets. Seen Here: A plaid suit by Belvest. The Trend: Plaid On Day 1 of Florence's Pitti Uomo trade fair, bouncing checks are in the air. Fortunately, that's not an indictment of the current economic situation, which has hit the high-price Italian menswear specialists just as hard as anyone else. Seen Here: An Isaia plaid blazer. And Speaking of Those Jackets High on the company's roster is L.B.M. 1911, a sub-collection that started just a few years ago with a simple unlined and completely unstructured jacket. Now the jacket comes in a myriad of colors and patterns, but always in the same easy block. The style has already reached (by virtue of its handy conjunction of price and fashionability) a broad acceptance in high-end designer stores from Tokyo to London. Next stop: a wider presence in the USA, if Andrea Benedini has anything to do with it. Seen Here: The inner makings of the sport coats.