Scandinavian simplicity combined with Italian craftsmanship and tradition

Lardini F/W ´14 @ Pitti Uomo 85


Time for next in line in terms of reviews from Pitti Uomo 85. For the second time in a row,  Lardini was the brand that came up with the most inspiring collection in my book.

Lardini, created and still run by the siblings Andrea, Luigi and Lorena Lardini is known for the development, innovation and experimentation it invests in to create products - with versatility of different fabrics, patterns and special treatments - that combine the art of hand tailoring and cutting-edge machinery. All of the products are manufactured entirely in Filottrano, Italy 

Restyling the suit - make it reversible

One of the most coolest and inspiring things seen at the fair for me this time was definitely the business-line by Lardini, where the company has as they say it “restyled the suit” by making the suit jackets reversible, in other words bringing to two suits in one piece. To make it even more “modern twisted”, the classical-cut waistcoat in quilted nylon has brought up as a garment to be worn under the suit or with separates if so decided. Restrained colors and patterns are perfectly suitable for business and at least I consider this to be an innovative solution for the question what to wear on a two-day-business-trip.

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Garment dyed and contrasting patterns

Interesting, and very representational of Lardini was the “color line” including garment dyed suits with contrasting patterns, combining houndstooth pants matched with glencheck jackets and vests in bright colors such as strong red / cherry, green, yellow and blue. Maybe not suitable for every office - but definitely stand-out pieces. Possible to wear naturally as separates in case the “full suit” appears to bee too much.

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Reinterpretation and inspiration

On the more casual side as well “orchidea line” reinterpretates and finds inspiration from historical garments and fabrics, transforming them into informal items with a strong personality. The material in which the garments take shape has always been the crucial element for Lardini, this collection making no exception cloths ranging from precious superfine wools to English Shetlands and bouclé effects. 

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Finally, not pictured but for the evening, the knitted (jersey) jacket with black edging and covered buttons has been done to imitate the classic shawl collar tuxedo and the collection was crowned by the classic overcoats of the so-called “Archivio range”, featuring wide lapels and a detachable Persian lamb collar.

Also worth notice are the accessories dominated by the same fabrics and variants that are featured in the collection. Quilted hats, and bags in felt, fabric and leather enhance and round off the look of the “Lardini man”

Art by Andrea Tarella

This year the Lardini stand was decorated to stand out as a fine gallery of contemporary art. The artist Andrea Tarella (born in Verbania in 1982) set the Lardini world on stage with illustrations interpreting some of the must-have garments of the presented collection.

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Lardini - new website

In case you haven’t yet notice, Lardini has just recently updated their website, now featuring all the brands from Lardini to Lardini RVR and Gabriel Pasini. Presented are all the collections and look books, and a worth-of-following journal with inspiring stories regarding the brand.

Also, you’ll find the piece I wrote about Lardini S/S ´14 collection presented at Pitti Uomo 84 from here.


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