by Alexander Fury .

Mil-yawn-o Menswear, Day I

A snap capturing the season's latest clutch of strange and colourful fashion house invites has become something of a tradition of our Collections coverage, and Milan's S/S 2011 menswear shows are no exception - at least, not on my watch. While the team back in London have been frenetically documenting the (rather incredible) creations LucyandBart are concocting to compliment Alister Mackie's choices from the A/W 2010 collections, my thoughts have already sped ahead to next summer. The torrential rain we've been suffering here in Italy for the past week or so puts us in far less of a summery mood than you'd imagine, although the designers seem as unaware as ever, showing short-shorts, bared chests and chiffon blouses on boys shivvering in the crosswind of over-zelous air-con. I have come to realise that I was rather spoiled with the gentle pace of the days during Pitti, with only two shows and a clutch of designer stands to visit over the course of three days, giving me ample time to digest, muse and conjugate one or two appropriate verbs. Here in Milan, it's a different story, with a packed schedule on each and every one of the four-day fashion week. Today I've already attended three shows and a couple of showrooms to boot, tomorrow there's half a dozen on the cards, including the first menswear collection designed by new Alexander McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton. But for now, click here to read my reviews so far - I'm off for some much-needed shut-eye.