Ornamenting men’s garments can be a tricky situation. One stitch too many, and the piece veers dowdy. But Sergio Colantuoni had his lust for workmanship firmly under control.
For spring, the affable designer upped his gently elongated blazers with inlays of grosgrain, accentuating a series of large pockets. He also applied contrast stitching to the seams and lapels of unfussy navy jackets, put crocheting in lieu of square pockets and integrated bow ties into day shirts, rendering them suitable for any occasion. This was a functional as well as a fun-loving affair.
Staying true to his at times eccentric yet charming volumes, Colantuoni proposed generous, multipleated pants which he styled with shower slippers; comfort-loving pajama suits with belted jackets and short bottoms, and outerwear that could come in handy in and outdoors. Cue a long bathrobe-y coat in striped seersucker as an example.
Every now and then, a subtle stitching read: “In men’s wear do as the Italian do.” Indeed.