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January 27, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Brunello Cucinelli Collection Reinvents The Modern Dandy

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

On a continuous search for beauty, expressed in all of its forms, the contemporary dandy has rediscovered the pleasure of ‘dressing well’, with simplicity. In a balance between the past and the future, he strives to reconcile beauty with fashion, creating just the right mix of classic style and originality, according to designer Brunello Cucinelli.

And, if the contemporary dandy Brunello Cucinelli envisions in his autumn-winter 2009-2010 collection cannot do without a suit, he wears it in an informal way with a sporty-chic style. Almost never worn with a tie, the Cucinelli suit has a body conscious fit and short trousers. It is classically inspired, but presented with a cashmere polo or T-shirt and worn with lug bottom ankle boots. Tailored with ultra-light fabrics featuring English-inspired patterns – Prince of Wales, pin stripes and hounds tooth – its casual and youthful look makes it ideal for everyday wear.

Even evening wear is re-interpreted in Cucinelli fabrics and colours. While respecting the canons of formalwear, the morning suit is offered in light grey tones and the tuxedo is
presented in light grey or in blue and worn with suede ankle boots.

Knits will be next autumn-winter season’s hottest trend, with sweaters that can take the place of outerwear, as seen with the long knit pocketed button-closure cardigans that substitute jackets. Hand-crafted light and warm cashmere pieces are designed to be worn in the mountains, with jacquard designs or small embroidered patterns, smooth or with braiding. Knits that are light, soft and reassuring. The ultra-versatile down jacket goes urban, in nylon or flannel, designed for city life. Worn over a jacket or a suit, these pieces are extremely lightweight yet incredibly warm.

Appearing for the first time in the Brunello Cucinelli’s Men’s Collection are shoes. With a classic inspiration, this line of footwear in calfskin or suede is crafted with ultra-light soles for an incredibly comfortable fit.

A wide array of accessories round off the collection: scarves, ties and bow ties in addition to bags, belts and small leather goods.

The colours are inspired by Scottish Shetlands: purple, pine, currant, sky-blue and indigo, always paired with light to dark shades of grey, along with blue and warm tones ranging from beige to camel.

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