Milan Fashion Week Men's: Cifonelli
What can we expect to see in your AW’17 collection?
We're trying to move our vision of the Cifonelli man as a paragon of luxury forward again this season, so you'll see design that is rich and sartorial, yet tasteful. There are bold Prince-of-Wales plaids, there's plaid-on-plaid, luxurious mink fur collars on our overcoats, and we're experimenting with an ever so slightly elongated silhouette. The palette ranges across biscuit, camel and chocolate brown with touches of charcoal grey. We've also worked on a shooting cape and on some utilitarian outerwear pieces produced in super-lux fabrications.
What element of the collection are you most proud of and why?
Taking vintage elements of Edwardian dress and reinterpreting them for a modern gentlemen; the shooting clothes, strong three-piece suits, the dressy details are all inspired by the richness of the Edwardian tastemaker's wardrobe.
Have you incorporated any new fabrics, sourced from any new mills or merchants, etc.?
Interestingly, this season we have introduced some clever cloths from English mills (we have previously worked primarily with Italian mills) which are distinctly old-school but which channel that sense of traditional glamour I wanted to achieve.
How would you describe the collection’s aesthetic?
It's a modern interpretation of vintage prints and fashion plates.
What has been your main source of inspiration and why?
My main inspiration (quite apart from the collection's Edwardian quality) is the profusion of patterns on patterns, done in a way that stimulating and intriguing to wear. Experimenting with pattern is important, rather than wearing it in the same way from season to season.
Who is the Cifonelli man?
The Cifonelli man is a glamorous, sexy ,modern-day prince; a contemporary aristocrat with taste.