MILAN--As if the Transcendentalist movement lives on today, Federico Curradi was moved by an "Exploration of the natural universe" theme and the pursuit of self discovery.
A departure from last mens season that took on a more architectonic, urban hero theme, Curradi depicted a modern David Livingstone of sorts - in search of the great Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe. And if Livingstone had some of the tech, water-repellent sportswear Curradi proposed for spring summer 2015, his journey through the jungles of southern Africa would have been a lot easier.
Rain hats and grunge-era lace up boots gave the collection a rugged feel, while silks with slick techno finish played a major role and made the collection suitable for the elegant European man. Scarves and lazy button down silk shirts were matched with comfortable, but not overly roomy jogging pants. Cotton, cashmere, and linen materials on t-shirts and chunky sweaters supported the escapist theme.
Following the wave towards the easy elegance that Italian brands seem to be trying to push this season, Curradi has accomplished this with finesse and innovation without having to create loud, statement-making pieces to catch the eye of the fashion world.