by Stephen Garner

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino’s ninth movie set in the United States during the explosion of the hippie movement, serves as the inspiration for Corneliani’s spring/summer 2020 menswear collection.

An icon of the Seventies’ youth culture, the military eskimo makes a comeback with oversized silhouettes and lightweight constructions and materials. Reflective details introduce an avant-garde feel, while a supple leather reversible bomber, which reveals a college-like varsity jacket, celebrates urban versatility.

A compact silk and cotton poplin is the signature fabric of ultra-light suits showing performance finishing and deconstructed cuts. Pants sport elastic waistbands for a casual mood or are infused with a more elegant charm. A homage to the Eighties’, the Vogue suit reflects an assertive elegance with its one-and-half-breasted blazer to be worn open and matched with wide-legged pants.

Inside pockets, zippers and reflective details characterize the techno-blazers crafted from waterproof, ripstop and wrinkle resistant fabrics, while an explosion of stripes define knitwear. Embossed, jacquard or printed, stripes add a graphic twist to linen, cotton and silk garments, revealing intriguing degrade effects.

Showing Corneliani more casual spirit, the “Style & Freedom” capsule welcomes new hybrid pieces, such as sweatshirt-windbreakers, as well as the hoodie-inspired jackets crafted from stretch suede, decorated with graphics and color blocks echoing a varsity aesthetic.

The collection’s overall sense of lightness and softness influences footwear, where the brand introduces a series of both casual and formal styles, all crafted from deer and calf leather and featuring flexible uppers and ultra-light soles.

In keeping with the collection’s inspiration and reflecting a mindset deeply rooted in the company’s DNA, with the spring/summer 2020 season, Corneliani debuts “Circle,” a new project that through ecological fabrics and techniques expresses the brand’s constant commitment to a more sustainable world.