Friday, 21 January 2011

Corneliani meets Le Corbusier at Milan Menswear Fashion Week

The New York Times fashion editor Suzy Menkes declared 'menswear needs architects more than decorators'. Creative Director Sergio Corneliani paid tribute to this with his reinterpretation of the Master of Modernism Le Corbusier's simplistic design approach at Milan Menswear Fashion Week.  Double breasted suits took inspiration from the 1940 styled with bow ties and brief cases. The colour palette followed suit with watered down cool blues, slate greys, camel, coal and white hues and controlled flourishes of luminescent satin detailing at the neckline. This formal look was finished with Corbusier's trademark turtle shell glasses.

The show's second movement extended to leisure and outdoor clothing presenting a wardrobe fit for the Modern Renaissance man. Suits were deconstructed and incorporated into outdoor woollen jackets styled with elegant spatts and leather weekend bags. Overcoats and hiking boots gave a sartorial nod to Pre War explorer imagery before models in pristine white ski suits closed the show.

A standout feature of the Corneliani presentation was the QR coding on labels sewn into garments once scanned using your mobile would connect to a video explaining the story of the brand and its collection. Very modern indeed.

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