“I still remember the sense of wonder I felt when experiencing that simple magic of a kaleidoscope – countless pieces that would shift, rotate and converge, creating infinite images and juxtapositions though constant in their beauty as a whole. Through the kaleidoscope, I see the Canali man, suspended in the timeless atmosphere of an everlasting Mediterranean Summer.” (Andrea Pompilio)
For SS16, Canali presents a novel vision of Summertime icons as colors, fabrics, styles and silhouettes come together in countless combinations to form a dynamic and elegant tableau of looks for the new season. Colors travel decisively across a natural palette that adds impactful accents throughout the collection. Blues progress from sky to aquamarine, mixing with warm earth tones of ochre, caramel and burgundy, illuminated by flashes of deep sea greens.
Seasonal fabrics take on new aesthetics, boasting luxurious compositions and innovative effects. Quintessentially casual denim is presented in a wool-linen blend while a wool-silk-linen and premium cotton are given a velvety terry finish, forming distinctive textures that truly evoke the spirit of Summer. Silk organza, kid leather and nubuck lend an exceptionally soft hand to outerwear and shoes.
Lightweight tailoring and leisurewear essentials with unexpected (and sometimes hidden) details are key. Trench coats and jackets are cut in pure silk organza, whose transparency allows a glimpse of the distinctive ‘double layer’ Egyptian cotton shirting beneath. Two-button jackets feature particularly placed bellows – a leitmotif of the collection – on the back and on the front patch pockets, which extend down to the bottom hem.
Clean-cut briefcases are offset by unstructured backpacks and playful hand-crafted lariat key-holders, all embellished with a graphic contrasting stripe whose optical impact adds a touch of whimsical originality. Hand-finished shaded calfskin loafers and lace-ups in a myriad of hues set the tone while aubergine crocodile-skin brogues with hybrid espadrille/rubber ridged soles make a statement.
The proportions are subtly shifted and softened, creating a fresh and relaxed silhouette. Destructured jackets feature clean, graceful lines and pants are more relaxed at the reverse-pleated waist and thighs, tapering towards the bottom to a contemporary ankle-length crop.