Saturday, January 23, 2016

Berlutti Fall 2016 Paris..



Fashion has always been associated with choices and alternatives but lately there are too many designers who seem to be members of the ever growing “me too” club where collections look as if they have been designed by communal design teams. Such is not the case chez Berlutti where Alessandro Sartori has created a bastion of good taste, a healthy dose of chic and refined fashion. Some will read that and think B O R I N G but in my eyes it is far from that in every way
 
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Sartori has defined Berlutti as clothes for a man with a good sized wardrobe allowance and a hunger for beautifully made, understated and timeless apparel. The color palette is just exquisite even in monotone. The look of a double layered blazer, which harkens back to the late 70s that most reviewers have never seen, is subtle in ways that most designers today could not achieve. The fabrications are as luxe as they should be and of course the finish is as well. There are plenty of black basics to add to one’s personal sartorial statement.
 
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What struck me is that Sartori took a slight detour from his usually slick casting and offered up models that are a bit younger looking and a bit trendier; even if I loathe to admit it, it worked.  One might proffer that the reasoning is a slightly more trend driven silhouette without tipping the scale. Again these are not clothes for the trendoidally inclined but they are clothes for men of fashion; the kind of fashion that never goes out of style…. Imagine that!
 
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The PS is that for a brand that has its roots in footwear, well, they seem to be the weakest link compared to the clothes... of course … that is my opinion!
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