,  |  13 July 2012

Everything in Harmony for CERRUTI 1881 Fall/Winter 2012

Nino CERRUTI once said, “Style is something in which all the different elements of the garment and the person who wears them are in harmony.” For fall/winter 2012, CERRUTI 1881 pays tribute to this philosophy with a collection that revolves around the harmony found when elegance, luxury and modern European flair are brought together.
Formal Introductions
For its formal group, CERRUTI 1881 emphasizes craftsmanship and fabrics. This is clear from the outset as seemingly simple silhouettes conceal a world of careful work. A fine example is the 100% cashmere overcoat. Double-faced and split-able into two layers, the super lightweight coat has perfect hand-sewn seams and leading-edge details such as a gusset pocket with 3-D cut and engraved buffalo horn buttons.  The coat is shown with another piece that emphasizes craftsmanship: an innovative cardigan that showcases new techniques for combining leather and knitwear.
This season’s suit is another step forward in style and innovation. The double-breasted suit is made from a pure wool gabardine that has a washed finish and natural appearance. The contrast between the formal silhouette and the more relaxed effect of the fabrics captures the spirit of modern European dressing – especially when teamed with a cleverly designed dress shirt that has been crafted from various suit linings and given an iridescent sheen.
At Ease, Gentlemen
On the sportier side for fall/winter 2012, CERRUTI 1881 turns to a palette of mid-tone blues and greens – hues that add a youthful and modern edge. Here, colour blocking becomes important and the silhouette is slightly elongated – a key to getting the look right this season. The hooded outer jacket is a great example of how CERRUTI 1881 adds elements of sophistication to casual style. Made from water-repellent nylon, the jacket has a 3-D design hood, a double-layer effect hem made from contrast-colored wool, adjustable cuffs and sleek black ribbon tape detailing on the chest pocket.
The casual collection also features one of the season’s must-have sweaters – a cashmere-silk turtleneck in olive green, charcoal and navy blue, which epitomizes the season’s colour-block trend. That trend is picked up in a subtle way in one of fall’s most important jackets – a leather blouson that features a dark green body and navy blue sleeves made from supple lambskin. Wear it as is for a sophisticated look or detach its collar and wear with a shirt and narrow tie to project up-to-the-minute European style.
Striking the Right Balance
CERRUTI 1881 has also created a group that mixes formal and causal resulting in a relaxed, contemporary collection with the emphasis on texture. Case in point is the fur caban made from 100% shearling and worn reversed – so that the leather is on the inside. The caban is not only soft to the touch, but has a “soft” fit thanks to its oversized cut, dropped shoulders and a double-breasted silhouette. Team it with slim trousers and the ultimate colour-block alpaca sweater for a relaxed look à la française.
Texture continues to take a prominent place in this season’s casual jacket, made from a modern boucle with a slightly iridescent effect. Its oversized silhouette also calls for balance – from slim-fit trousers and sleek shirts – notably a burgundy turtleneck worn under a black cotton tuxedo shirt.
Celebrate in Style
Winter is always a season of celebrations and grand occasions. This year, CERRUTI 1881 returns to its tradition of creating cutting-edge formalwear for modern men. The season’s tuxedo is no traditional ensemble. Instead, it is a bold three-piece statement comprised of sharp trousers, matching collared shirt, and shawl-collar jacket all in bright French blue crepe.
Another option for special occasions is knitwear as formal wear. CERRUTI 1881 answers the call for something new with an oversized and elongated chunky sweater that features a unique black foil print. Team it with skinny black trousers and a fur scarf for a truly luxurious look. Last but not least is this season’s most dramatic piece – an elegant wool-cashmere cape in navy blue. Inspired by designs in our archives, this remarkable square-cut cape with double-layer sleeves and concealed pockets is the epitome of harmony between form, function and aesthetics — a true tribute to Nino Cerruti.