Loro Piana presents Urban Sophistication for its Autumn/Winter 2018-19 Lineup

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CONTENT: Henry Boen

In a subtle turn of the tide, the Autumn Winter 2018-19 collection presents an exceptional wardrobe infused with the athletic spirit of urban sophistication. Epitomising an active modernity, this dynamic chapter in Loro Piana’s history expresses an uncompromising dedication to Italian craft in a silhouette touched with graphic flair. Exploring the duality of artisanal perfection and– a rare and exclusive fiber harvested only once in the lifetime of fluid lines, the season embraces ample shapes that cocoon the body in soft and tactile fabrics of the highest quality. Both Cashmere and Baby Cashmere select Hircus kid goats – form the keystone textiles of the Loro Piana universe. Rendered in crisp jewel, pastel, and earth tones from azure and ochre to palest pink and optic white – a rich autumnal palette elevates their luminous weaves with a natural glow.

Throughout the collection, clean lines evoke a streamlined nonchalance, as double-face construction defines outerwear with an unprecedented lightness. Sinuous coats drop off the shoulder to belt at the waist or flare into cape volumes. Reversible and two-toned or encrusted with stripe intarsias, garments are hand-finished and accented with understated hardware. Elsewhere tailored separates exude a relaxed attitude: hinting at sartorial and workwear patterns with the touch of cashmere denim and shearling. In superfine yarns, enveloping knitwear featuring traditional techniques; cable, aran, ribbed and jour d’éc helle ladder designs are crafted into feminine sweaters with fluid necklines and flared sleeves. Paired with matching jogging pants or pleated trousers, they create moments of pure comfort.

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The new Artemis Bucket bag is a pared-back complement to the Loro Piana wardrobe; its curvilinear design is accented with silver hardware and finished in sumptuous calfskin lined with goat suede. On foot, flat riding boots and heeled city boots rise to the knee in calfskin or suede with a soft snub toe. The waterproof ‘Nuage’ sneaker is crafted from Loro Piana’s Storm System® Cashmere and lined in tonal nappa, creating an all-over monochrome effect.

Menswear

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Infused with a ‘sportif’ élan for today’s active gentleman, the Loro Piana Men’s Autumn Winter 2018-19 collection embodies a relaxed weekend mood. Garments are imbued with discreet details in a rich autumnal palette, elevating classical shapes with the smooth touch of Loro Piana’s key excellences of Vicuña and The Blend (Vicuña & Baby Cashmere). Casual outerwear pieces like the Vicuña overcoat are updated in new tonal fabrications and tapered proportions with an outdoor spirit, their traditional flair injected with the protective technology of Loro Piana’s Storm System®. Vicuña knitwear features bold tonal rib and 3D cable knit patterns for a textured, graphic elegance.

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