The spotlight is on every possible shade of white – from ice and cream to pearl and mastic, through to delicate powdery sky blues and sage greens – and its direct counterpart, black: a timeless keynote and the only concession to dark colours.
Menswear is moving away from more rigid templates towards a fresh, new, easier take on elegance inspired by younger wardrobes but embellished with luxurious fabrics and stylish details.
The rule is to wear one size larger than usual: laidback streetwear echoes the free spirits who express themselves on the streets of a fast-paced world as it reacts to the uncertainties of the present, always ready to grasp what comes its way.
The structure of the jacket is never restrictive: it does not overlook the sartorial ethic – that historic bastion of elegance so dear to Corneliani – but reinterprets it, retracing the needs of a man far-removed from the static self-contemplation of the past.
Clothes reflect a lifestyle based on constant movement, in a dialogue between very different scenarios. This form of elegance is comfortable and universal, ideal for a range of occasions and age groups, for men who are not restricted by increasingly outmoded, rigid masculinity.
The brand’s creative director Sergio Corneliani sees the suit as the real challenge. Designed around unusual volumes, innovative materials and new uses, it loses its inflexible imprint and takes on a democratic, informal look in a perfect blend of subtle bohemian style and chic sportswear.
Classic sartorial patterns have been swept aside in favour of rich compact stretch cottons, blended with silk in micro jacquard effects.
The jacket is short and looser on the waist, with three buttons and narrow lapels.
It is worn with baggy trousers (with pleats) which drape over the shoes, or designs without pleats which are comfortable on the hips but always short and with turn-ups. There is also a revolution in the classic shirt, now looser in style with lower shoulders and a funnel neck.
The must-have piece for spring/summer 2015 is the T-shirt in soft leather or ultra- lightweight cashmere printed with monochrome graphics.A symbol of Corneliani’s new aesthetics is the square-shaped blouson jacket which sits just above the hips.
More casual pieces include hooded parkas and trench coats in high-performance cotton with transpiring, water-repellent, windproof membranes.
“In my role as father to three very young men and the brand’s creative director,” explains Sergio Corneliani, “I believe we must look to the future with confidence and flexibility.
“Today I would extend our brand’s historic slogan, ‘The continuity of the past in the present’, to include ‘… on our journey towards the future’, as we reach out to the customers of tomorrow.”