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Italian men’s wear company Canali, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, is gearing up to unveil the fruits of the collaboration with its new creative consultant, Andrea Pompilio. The up-and-coming designer, who also designs a namesake men’s and women’s label, developed a capsule collection that will be unveiled at the Canali runway show in Milan on Monday.
“I met Stefano Canali [Canali’s general director] through common friends and then he introduced me to the whole family,” Pompilio said. “They were looking for a creative consultant for the show in order to refresh the image of the brand. We immediately clicked and so we started our collaboration.”
Pompilio explained that the capsule collection won’t have a specific label, but will be differentiated from the other pieces in the main line by a small detail decorating the garments.
“For me it’s very important to preserve the DNA of the fashion houses I collaborate with,” said Pompilio, explaining how he approached this partnership with Canali. “I didn’t want to shake up the brand, but my goal was to reinterpret it with my vision, bringing the world of Andrea Pompilio into the Canali world. Canali is a three-generation company with a great heritage. My mission was just to refresh and revamp that heritage with my colors and my signature details.”
He didn’t start from a single inspiration to design the capsule. “I’m a great observer, and in my collections I always try to translate those elements, making clothes look connected with our contemporary world,” he said.
For Canali, Pompilio focused on sportswear, “designing iconic pieces for a classic yet easy man,” said the designer. These include colorful peacoats and trenches offered in various materials. Pompilio also approached tailoring, delivering jackets and pants “with new proportions,” which come in unusual fabrics and featuring micro checks, horizontal stripes and textured, three-dimensional effects. The color palette ranges from classic hues, including white, ivory and blue, to “more eye-catching, contrasting tones.”
According to the company, the pricing of the capsule collection, which will be available at the Canali boutiques and in selected multibrand stores worldwide, is in line with the main range.
“We really tried to avoid things which could fall too much outside of the Canali world,” Pompilio said. “We kept the capsule in line with the main offering not only in terms of style but also positioning and pricing.”
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