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.