This season CERRUTI 1881 pays tribute to the great universities of France – and their three distinct specialties: engineering, liberal arts and fine arts. Les Grand Écoles, as they are known in France, attract leading young intellectuals and artists each year – making them the ideal inspiration for Spring / Summer 2012.
Engineered to Perform
The collection’s formal range takes its cue from the École Polytechnique, famed for its engineering and architecture program. With a palette that includes grades of blue, the line features the season’s key looks, including a trail-blazing three-piece suit. The suit, in masculine gray-blue, features subtle horizontal stripes as well as shoulders created from a new cut that improves the fit on the body. Similarly, this season’s 2-button summer suit, with a slim fit and ultra-lightweight material, demonstrates that minimal construction can also deliver excellent fit.
Another important piece is this season’s must-have leather jacket. Crafted from butter-soft leather dyed indigo blue, the waist-length jacket features a range of architecturally clever features including concealed buttons and structural lines on the sleeve that enhance the fit on the shoulder and add dimension to the silhouette.
The Poetic Effect
The most famous school in all of France, the Sorbonne, is one of the world’s foremost liberal arts universities- turning out celebrated writers, philosophers, and researchers since the 14th century. Such forward thinking – combined with traditional excellence- has inspired CERRUTI 1881 to include a range that bridges formal and casual wear. Here, the suits feature a more relaxed fit and are crafted from summer-perfect cotton-linen blends. A fine example is the young urban look achieved with a fine two-piece suit in a subtle grey-green, worn with a cool linen shirt, skinny necktie, and sleek belt.
This group also includes fantastic transitional pieces that serve double duty as change-of-season essentials and wardrobe pick-me-ups. Excellent examples are the innovative reversible nylon blazer in two shades of gray; two-tone linen shorts that add fashionable flair to any casual ensemble; and the outstanding bottle green suede jacket, which features a touch of subtle asymmetry for a fresh approach to springtime layering.