Why Pitti Uomo Is The Ultimate Playground For Male Peacocking

And why the bold styles at this Florence trade show could be endangered.

Here are the rituals of the male peacock: Dress like the world is watching; out-dapper your contemporaries by pretending you're a dry-cleaned rainbow; and prance -- never walk -- so that your footsteps aren't louder than your pocket square.

There's no better place to spot one for yourself than in Florence, Italy, where the menswear trade show, Pitti Immagine Uomo, is held twice a year and is currently going on now through Jan. 15.

The male peacocks at last summer's show, on June 18, 2015.
The male peacocks at last summer's show, on June 18, 2015.

Like any strong ecosystem, everyone has a role to play, and in fashion, the male peacock is as necessary as the cameras they flock toward.

For example, they show us what would happen if we push a trend to its limits, and mash them up with all the other trends. They take risks so we don't have to.

Esquire is on the ground documenting the street style there and says the days of the dandy peacock are numbered. The Esquire editors noticed that, where men used to roam in "suits in the most brazen of patterns and colors, paired with all manner of accessories," now, they say, guys are more restrained:

"At this moment there is something to be said for doing more with less. The dandy is not dead -- the dandy will likely never die, nor should he -- but in 2016 he has given way to the sort of man who appreciates the intersection of ostentation and understatement."

Still, the peacock persists. Here we present some of the festival's biggest dandies, from 2016 and in years past -- lest we never see them again.

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