Milan Men's Fashion Week SS16: Canali

Milan Men's Fashion Week SS16: Canali

Mediterranean summer

Text: Andrea Sim

Expertly pieced together in jewel tones and lightweight fabric, the collection of classic menswear retains the traditionalist's sensibilities

The '50s golden age of Italian menswear demonstrates its enduring appeal... in creative consultant Andrea Pompilio's homage to the era of sartorial supremacy. The assemblage of tones in the classic collection embraces the gentleman's Italian summer through and through.

Functionality is kept in check... with the breezy silk organza outwear complete with shoulder straps that anticipate a summer heat swell. The handsome briefcases designed in spirit of the season are the perfect accompaniment to the ensembles.  

The affinity with the traditionalist's concept of menswear is also apparent in Canali's footwear. The new-age coupling of trousers and sandals was absent from the brand's runway, with the latter making appearances only as the hems rose. Penny loafers and rope-soled leather shoes were the footwear of choice. 

Pompilio's approach to full suiting in summer... was to layer multiple thin garments. This pragmatic piecing together of looks also birthed an interesting arrangement of collars — any ensembles featured mandarin collars atop French. 

Dusty pink and white were offered as the ideal shades to spend a lazy afternoon on the streets of Positano sipping a cup of coffee. Look 34 is our top pick simply for the creamy perfection of the hue, although the season's entire selection is distinctively wearable, and one of our favourites to date.  

To see the full collection, click on the slideshow below. 

To see all our coverage of Milan Men's Fashion Week SS16, click here.