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For its runway debut, storied Italian tailored clothing brand Corneliani envisioned its man strolling confidently through a sumptuous forest setting between towering tree trunks, which rose to the ceiling of the Stazione Leopolda in Florence. Under the guidance of creative director Sergio Corneliani, the Italian label delivered a sporty but elegant message for fall with chunky cableknit sweaters, soft velvet trousers and ultralightweight jackets, resetting the boundaries of its and its customers’ comfort zone.

This story first appeared in the January 15, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Rich fabrics such as bouclé and variegated weaves in cashmere and silk, in forest tones such as mossy greens and earthy browns, added to the natural-versus-studied mood and worked their way onto striking outerwear pieces. Tailored clothing, meanwhile, took a bold stance with ultrawide peaked lapels and strong shoulders evoking the power suit of the Eighties, but for a new decade.

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