Carducci will have you daydreaming of high-living in Monte Carlo, or of soaking up the sun in French Côte d’Azur, maybe even tending to your creature comforts at the cafes and bistros of Portofino. Simply, Carducci hasn’t had this much fun with their men’s collection in a very long time! And the inspiration is the easy-going and self-satisfied lifestyle synonymous with the port towns of the Monaco, French and Italian Riviera.
From inception, Carducci was founded on quirkiness, whimsy and the international cosmopolitan chic, and the creatives behind the label have stayed true to this throughout its 30 years of dressing the men of South Africa et al.
Pastels, pastels, pastels! Who knew pastels could look so good on a man! And don’t fret, gentlemen, this is a return to male elegance without the regrettable feminine associations now met with in contemporary notions of dandyism.
The Carducci Men S/S 2012 Collection is a refreshing marrying of of soft pastel palettes, plaid patterns, and delicate florals on sheer fabrics.
The collection is for the twenty-something going on forty-something going on twenty-something who believes himself forever young. The classical English double-breasted plaid blazer is juxtapositioned with eccentrically colourful bowties and shirts. This calls for a spirit of quirkiness and a little devil-may-care outlook on the part of us men – and I’m all for it!
Of course, Carducci exhibited all the hallmark traits of its 30-years of playing inspired tailor to many a notable South African gentlemen: impeccable tailoring, presenting ‘the complete look’ with complimenting accessories from the pocket squares, bow ties, trilby hats and patterned duffel bags.
Gents, here’s to living la dolce vita with Carducci!
Photography © SDR Photography (Simon Deiner) for AFI.
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