by Stephen Garner

One year after its official debut on the Pitti international runway in Florence, K-Way returned to the international catwalk scene. Owned by the BasicNet Group since 2004, the French brand made an appearance, for the first time, at Milan Fashion Week Men’s – this year in digital form.

The brand’s signature styles took center stage alongside its autumn/winter 2021 R&D label, a unique collection designed by K-Way’s Research and Development department, paying homage to the brand’s founding values: classic, contemporary, technological, functional, and colorful. And of course, binding the show together as a whole is the French brand’s signature characteristics: high-performance technical fabrics and the famous yellow, orange and blue tape, reworked into the designs with striking creativity.

Live-streamed from the new BasicVillage in Milan, a building BasicNet bought back in 2019 and is still in the process of restoring, the brand showed a winter range featuring nylons, wools, leathers, and velvets. Various tartan wool fabrics replace its “classic” technical nylon, both as an inner lining for down coats and as an outer layer for reversible jackets. Air leather, stretch velvet, and thermal stretch nylon round off the selection, transformed into sweatshirts and cargo trousers.

Black steals the show, this time accompanied by water-repellent blue and white Visconti di Modrone velvet, an innovative and unique fabric for hi-tech garments: the perfect combination in true R&D style.

The brand’s signature multicolored tape has been transformed this season from its symmetrical front position and reworked into new eye-catching iterations that nod to the authentic lines of the classic biker jacket.

New cable-knit and chunky wool jumpers offer a winter tribute to the iconic tape, as does the range of exclusive accessories that play with unique pairings to complete every look. Wide-brim fisherman hats and berets, leather gloves and bags, a mini pouch and an oversized shopper made from mesh and leather, and double-sided leather and nylon maxi totes that recall the colors of the brand’s signature zip.