Sciamàt SS15 Pitti Preview
On the brink of sartorial perfection…that’s my interpretation of Nicola and Valentino Ricci’s creations. The only real reason I don’t call them embodied perfection, is due to my inherent way of being that compels me to believe that there’s always room for improvement, however little it may be. The truth is that apart from slight taste subtleties, that might lead you to question whether those outstanding peak lapels should be 1cm narrower or wider, or what particular color stripe you wished to see in that windowpane fabric, there’s really nothing else you can beg to differ when it comes to Sciamàt.
Showcasing a fully handmade ready-to-wear line, the cut, fit and proportion were spot on. From the impeccable artisanal construction and true attention to the slightest detail, up to the choice of fabrics and color palette, each garment on display rightfully deserved a place in every sartorial aficionado’s wardrobe (myself very much included). When you consider that besides these offerings they are able to provide you with some of the finest bespoke creations out there, there’s not much more you could ask for..
Ph: Beyond Fabric
Wooster + Lardini Collection
One of the most hyped events taking place during the latest edition of Pitti Uomo, was undoubtedly the debut of the Wooster + Lardini collaboration. Held on the amazing terrace of the Pitti Immagine Foundation, the presentation gathered some of the most renowned bloggers, magazines and fashion personalities, all thriving with anticipation to witness first hand what Wooster had in store for them.
After a brief presentation from the Lardini family, expressing their desire to deliver an updated, innovative take on the sartorial universe they are renowned for, Wooster quickly broke the ice with his trademark sense of humor. Blending his creative vision with the quality craftsmanship of the Italian brand, the collection was brought to life in a matter of weeks through a fluid brainstorm of concepts that were brilliantly executed.
Making the most of Lardini’s exceptional tailoring skills and research in manufacturing processes and garment treatments, the collaboration is exactly what one would expect from Wooster’s influence - a rugged, irreverent take on the sartorial universe, slightly hinting at imperfection. From color block and prints, up to tailored shorts and crinkled effects achieved through “unfinished” garment dye techniques, this refreshing approach definitely sets a new standard for Lardini. The subdued color palette of navy, grey, army green and khaki, further reinforces the balance of the classic/modern dichotomy.
Wooster + Lardini
This is one of the events I’m most excited about. As ambassador for Lardini, Wooster will be presenting an exclusive collection in collaboration with the Italian label.
It’s June once again…for all those in the #menswear scene this means only one thing: Pitti Uomo. As I write this, thousands of people are flying to Firenze for yet another edition of what is arguably the most hyped event in men’s fashion: designers, buyers, personalities, bloggers, media, you name it. On Sunday it’s my turn…
This will be my 3rd consecutive year at Pitti and still I can’t help but feel excited as invitations and appointments make their way into my inbox. The fair has become my bianual escape to a beloved universe where I can meet friends, favourite brands, designers and work…a lot! As usual I’ll be covering collection previews and street style, but this time around there are also some surprises in store for you. Stay tuned!
Yuketen AW14 Pitti Preview
Mr. Yuki Matsuda’s label has now become a mandatory visit whenever I’m at Pitti. As a footwear aficionado, it’s hard not to drool when faced with Yuketen’s extensive collection, comprised of trademark designs that are constantly elevated to new levels, be it through subtle aesthetical tweaks or core construction techniques.
Although some particular models may be somewhat over the top for my personal taste, the common denominator for all things Yuketen is superb quality and craftsmanship. Starting with skilled artisans who resort to traditional construction techniques, up to the high-end materials and attention to detail, every single item transpires authenticity and love for the product (this goes for both shoes and accessories).
Some of my personal favourites included a beautiful derby shoe with ripple soles, available in supple leather and suede, along with an updated version of the Maine Guide Boot with silver Concho and hand-painted beads.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
SuperDuper Hats AW14 Pitti Preview
Following the outstanding opening show Matteo Gioli and his crew put together, there wasn’t much more else to say about SuperDuper Hats… A closer look at their debut stand presented an outstanding array of hats and caps, all in a variety of models and luxurious materials that immediately caught your attention.
Besides the unique aesthetic and attention to detail poured into each model, the understated color palette was absolutely stunning featuring shades of teal, blue, camel, grey and brown. Handmade in Italy, these hats exude quality and a trademark character that makes them my first choice when compared to other high-end offerings out there…
Ph: Beyond Fabric