French in­spi­ra­tion

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FRAMED against a Parisian back­drop, Canali’s Spring/Sum­mer 2014 col­lec­tion of­fers sup­ple lines over sil­hou­ettes with­out ac­cen­tu­at­ing them. Jack­ets are longer and waists, em­pha­sised by thin croc­o­dile belts, are made more prom­i­nent.

One or two pleats hang lithely on trousers be­fore ta­per­ing at the an­kles in a high cuff. If you dare, show off colour­ful socks dec­o­rated with polka dots or stripes, worn with two-tone moc­casins adorned with the Canali sig­na­ture tex­ture.

Fine tai­lor­ing and hand­crafts­man­ship are play­fully blended with stripes and polka dots, play­ing down clas­si­cal el­e­gance to be­come a lit­tle more ca­sual yet still for­mal enough for of­fi­cial func­tions.

Look for for­mal and cot­ton suits, de­con­structed jack­ets and smart duster coats which call to mind the Palais Royal and its “striped” col­umns. In­deed, the Canali man is mov­ing with the times, brave enough to be seen in star­tling pin­stripe suits, cot­ton gauze shirts and trousers with over­lap­ping dot de­signs.

A col­lec­tion that plays not only with prints, but also with colours, there are ex­clu­sively de­signed fab­rics which chal­lenge clas­sic mas­cu­line colour tones. From pow­dery, al­most chalky shades of honey, ot­ter and grey, to deeper shades of royal blue and dark red, spring could not be any richer in hue.

For ac­ces­sories, there are bags in deer­skin or dec­o­rated with sig­na­ture Canali tex­ture; pure silk pocket squares; tie pins worn un­der jacket breast pock­ets or on lapels – all dec­o­ra­tive jewels that en­hance the finely tai­lored suits be­yond ex­pected con­ven­tion.

Fam­ily trade: Paolo Canali is the third gen­er­a­tion of Canalis run­ning the fam­ily busi­ness.

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