Exhibiting the best in the latest urban fashions, Italian fashion house Brunello Cucinelli presented its Spring/Summer 2011 collection last night in Milan in a lovely showroom near Chinatown. Four large rooms were filled with the collection, my favorite so far this fashion week. A tribute to minimalism, and the natural elements, the collection was apparently inspired by the global nomad, the metropolitan traveler. The clothes are meant to be easily worn, and stylish, whether in a cosmopolitan or rural setting. And this goal is beautifully accomplished. These clothes are about style, not fashion and are wonderfully understated, and of uncompromised quality.
In fact, quality is what sets Brunello Cucinelli apart. That and the fact that the brand is not concerned about logos or self-promotion. The clothes here speak for themselves.
The current line has borrowed inspiration from the colors of the desert, expressed through shades of khaki, tobacco, prune, cigar, brushwood and berry. Much of the colors appear as if worn with age. The nomad theme is expressed through a sort of folk-like design, with washed linens, ultra-light gauze, crepes and â€˜aged' cottons lending a well traveled look to the collection. The clothes are meant to be layered, and all are of such wonderful neutral colors and minimal lines that this is easy to do. The outerwear, in longer, geometric shapes, in materials like linen and water-repellent cottons, serve as perfect complements to the voluminous shorts and trousers and slim-fitting tops.
The accessories collection was wonderful. The sneakers and ankle boots were my favorites, and again conveyed a sort of well-worn look, a bit reminiscent of 1920s gym shoes for men. The sandals were more tribal, and were low and tied at the ankle, in dÃ©lavÃ© leather and satin fabrics.
Brunello Cucinelli is a brand to watch. The clothes are utterly modern and impeccably made, and simply beautiful.
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