Andrea Pompilio, named creative consultant earlier this year, showed off his first collection for the 80-year-old tailored clothing brand, a capsule wardrobe stuffed with sporty luxe silhouettes that spirited Canali into new and more fashion-forward territory.
Pompilio clearly had a younger, edgier customer in mind — one who doesn’t mind stepping out in trousers with an extra-high cuff — 8 centimeters to be exact — and who’s just as comfortable in his white leather sneakers as he is in three-tone loafers, or jazzy spectator lace-ups.
He also opened a crayon box full of rich color and texture: Ribbed cotton knits came in shades such as tomato, mint and cream, while suede car coats were done in midnight blue or orange. Pompilio used a palette of dusty rose, teal and eau de nil for trousers, and worked grid, stripe and geometric jacquard patterns into lean suits. Other suits were two-tone, as in a sleek midnight blue number with black lapels. It was a fresh approach from Canali — although at times the clothes looked more suited to a chilly autumn than a warm day in spring or summer.