‘Luxury’ and ‘utility’ are generally considered incongruous terms. The unique charm of the CERRUTI 1881 FW2019 show, however, is in how it reconciles these opposing ideologies: grandeur and functionality, blended together seamlessly. Made for the global jetsetter of today, CERRUTI 1881’s latest foray into the world of sportswear comes with a creative (and covert) dash of sartorial glamour.
Needless to say, FW2019 is a cut above your typical athleisure. The range stresses a progressive worldview of tailoring: outerwear and jackets are rendered in modern silhouettes; whereas the designs themselves — like a gigantic gauge-knit sweater (fashioned as an overcoat) — are inescapably louche. Individuals pieces are shaped with generous, undulating contours — yet never oversized. They are what a certain type of fashion critic might call ‘anti-fits’: pieces which subvert conventional notions of proportion, by virtue of material innovation.
Belted suits are a standout for the season. Jackets in flannel and pinstripes are cinched with simple fabric fastenings, adding definition to a crop of overwhelmingly sporty silhouettes. Cropped wool blousons highlight the collection’s wider take on outerwear: splayed out over narrow tailored bottoms for a defter, more casual feel. Creative combinations of fabric and texture abound. Some models wear embroidered knits, whilst others don apparel showcasing the potentially infinite possibilities of modern finishing: a cream bouclé sweater or glossy rubberised trench coat.
Despite the nominally male presenting format, scores of women were sent down the runway — clad in sportswear that borrows from the vernacular of men’s tailoring in order to achieve something a touch androgynous (and much more striking). Cropped suits, tonal puffer jackets and oversized jumpers offer a glimpse into Cerruti’s ‘women in menswear’ universe: one which proposes clothing that is graceful, cosy and freed from the constraints of gendered designing.
While FW2019 is a collection that is defined by its voluminous silhouettes, much care has evidently been taken to inject an athletic element using several choice accessories. Footwear comes straight out of the ‘brutalism for podiatrists’ playbook, with styles like the zip-up boot and hiking trainer seizing on fashion’s current athleisure moment. Crossbody camera bags and dopp-esque clutches complete the look.
Cast in comforting tones of cream, khaki and olive, CERRUTI 1881 FW2019 champions an aesthetic that is as lavish as it is functional. The latest collection shines a light on the brand’s increasing popularity with the design-forward set; and is guaranteed to win plaudits from men who favour a simple yet tactile approach to dressing.
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