Canali Debuts Two Directions

Canali Debuts Two Directions

Take a look at Canali's spring/summer 2020 collection, including the new Black Edition label.

Take a look at Canali's spring/summer 2020 collection, including the new Black Edition label.

Text: Teddy Willson

Canali’s spring/summer 2020 debut came in two decidedly disparate installments. One presented inside the historic Palazzo Ximènes during menswear trade show Pitti Uomo, while the other showed at the brand's Milan showroom, and the two segments each lend themselves to an idyllic summer of leisure, despite their obvious differences.

The first installment married formalwear with the casual spirit of the Italian summer. Set up as a mise-en-scène layout, the label’s models preoccupied themselves with games of chess, recent literature, Canali bicycles and friendly croquet matches. The presentation told a story of chic Italian gentlemen content in their tranquil and undisturbed state.

The clothing told the same story. Lightweight fabrics formed soft silhouettes. Linen blend jackets were worn atop tightly tailored pants. Tone-on-tone neutrals were interspersed with muted red and hunter green tones, Canali’s color of choice for the season, sometimes paired together and other times as a monochrome look. In one ensemble, green slacks were topped by a long sleeve green jacquard knit, the latter of which made common appearances despite being a spring/summer collection. The knits either came as full-on sweaters or short sleeve polos. Another unexpected but delightful surprise was the presence of neck scarves, which added a touch of sophistication to the casual but undeniably sharp line.

The second installment, labeled the Black Edition, pushed Canali in a seemingly new direction: performancewear. Active is to lounge as black is to white, yet somehow, they almost always come hand-in-hand. Such is the case here. Canali’s active/loungewear came in these two shades alone, save the occasional grey number. High-performance athletic fabric was outfitted as sweats, t-shirts, tracksuits, and hooded jackets. Semi-sheer coats and mesh panels covered t-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with a graphic rendition of Canali’s name. The line, which will formally debut this week at Milan Fashion Week Men’s, signals a new course for Canali.

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