It’s not even the end of January and already fashion’s legends are crossing the great divide.
While the death of Andre Leon Talley has rightfully dominated the news (everyone it seems has a heartfelt story of his larger-than-life persona), another – more understated – style elder quietly passed away at the age of 91 last weekend. Nino Cerruti (affectionately known as Il Signor Nino) was the grandson of a textile entrepreneur, whose Cerruti 1881 brand was a mainstay of 80s menswear, pegged alongside Armani as the epitome of relaxed masculine elegance. In fact, Giorgio Armani cut his teeth at Cerruti in the 1960s before going on to start his own label.
Nino Cerruti’s personal style was notably refined too. Last year CristaSeya created one of its limited-edition capsule collections using reissued fabrics from Cerruti’s 80s and 90s archives. The designs were inspired by Nino’s own signature style, with timeless corduroys, cashmere knits, stripe shirting and crepe suits. Every piece looks perfectly executed and I think they should certainly release another batch.
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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