🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾 For Brunello Cuccinelli Spring 2020, Tuscany’s philosophical fashion titan was offering the poshest of galoshes as an expression of the back-to-nature element that less overtly ran throughout this collection. Wide-weave mohair sweaters with the quietest glint of internal sequin, roughly slubbed linen jackets and pants juddered with purposefully wonky stripe, and the house’s trademark Opera knits—handmade wearable collages of hemp, cotton, and linen that take at least 28 hours to create—were all presented in natural tones. Like the roughened fringing on a raffia hat here, they bore the mark of their making; you could see the impression of the hands that had crafted them.
But it was not all rustic fleck. Pared-down dusters, monochrome layered pailette-scattered pleated skirts, sleek leather short-suits, rich berry-toned linen suits, and irregularly striped marinière sweaters were all part of a gently referential dance between ’90s grunge and minimalism (very softly whispered) and the tailoring prowess of the house. “I think that tastes are becoming more streamlined and simple—still chic and luxurious—but more attuned to volumes and shapes rather than elaborate details as they have been in the last four or five years,” said Cucinelli. He expanded on this statement by citing Jil Sander, Yohji Yamamoto, and Giorgio Armani as the prime examples of this design philosophy he had followed in the ’80s and ’90s.
One thing that’s certain is the notion of buying a single precious garment (or boot) that will serve you for life, rather than opting for a semi-precious fancy that will be worn for a season, is the direction in which consumers are—and should—be shifting. Much in this collection, those Opera knits especially, were evidence that Brunello Cucinelli is a prime destination for the enlightened shopper. 🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾🐚🌾 @brunellocucinelli @saks @chrissy.sack @fetchingboston #sustainablefashion #investinyourself #naturalfibers @voguerunway #backtonature