Kiton has adjusted its traditional tailoring expertise to fit with the times. “We are all wearing more relaxed and comfortable clothes, so our jackets are softer, pants have drawstrings. The private and public spheres of our lives are totally blended,” Kiton’s chief executive officer Antonio De Matteis said ahead of the scheduled presentation.
To be sure, Kiton’s collection for fall is in line with the brand’s heritage. The video that unveils it takes viewers through a tour of its workshops located outside of Naples, zooming in on the tailors at work on the luxurious, relaxed lineup.
Jackets, made with precious and exclusive cashmere yarns, are perfectly tailored, but judging by the way the models move in them, they appear to be feather light and as cozy as sweaters, featuring either houndstooth, herringbone or supersized checkered patterns, or a rich monochromatic fall palette that spans from burgundy to musk green and brown. Suit separates are key today and the Kiton man mixes these sophisticated jackets with denim pants.
Irish Aran-inspired cashmere sweaters, hoodies and oversize cardigans were as appealing as padded jackets in precious vicuña.
Kiton also presented its younger KNT collection for fall, designed by De Matteis’ sons, twins Mariano and Walter. KNT stands for Kiton New Textures and a group of male and female models jumped and pirouetted on the roof of the Kiton plant — the Vesuvius in the background — wearing drawstring pants, hoodies and windbreakers that looked breezy, functional and cool.