While known for not being as outwardly aggressive or theatrical as other design houses, Corneliani still presented an outstanding new men’s autumn/winter collection at their Milan fashion show, which had a “duel nature” theme.
Sticking mainly to shades of grey, black and indigo, many of the items on show emphasised the slim-fit look. This served to bring Corneliani’s outstanding Italian tailoring to the fore, something which the company has always taken great pride in. While keeping the serious look of the men’s business suit, Corneliani also bring a refined casual elegance to the often severe-looking winter apparel released onto the market by other designers. Corneliani’s garments, although slim-fitting, have a unique fluidity and flow. This makes the clothes appear both sleekly stylish and tantalisingly comfortable to wear.
Among the traditional winter suits, casual knitwear and long over coats, Corneliani also included a few surprise items. Abstract prints gave one or two pieces a contemporary flair, and a cloth robe trimmed with mink replaced the more traditional winter tuxedo jackets – producing a vintage “smoking jacket” look. Although black winter capes cropped up in other designer’s collections for the fall/winter 2012-13 season, Corneliani made an arguably bolder style statement by re-introducing the men’s cashmere poncho.
Providing a stark contrast were two top to toe white winter ensembles. While this may be just slightly too Star Wars-esque for some buyers, taking a traditionally summer colour scheme and re-invented it for a winter look exemplifies the originality and understated elegance of the house as a whole.
See images from the recent Milan runway show below…