Our Italian friends always seem to have the best of the pickings, so we grabbed our pen and pad and headed out on a fact-finding mission. When it comes to an abundance of winter options, Brunello Cucinelli is notorious for having upwards of 100 pieces per collection. His Milan showroom features the cream of the crop, especially in menswear where he effortlessly mixes classic blazers with sporty sheepskin-lined winter coats and lace-up leather shoes with bootcut pants.
This is a fashion house that doesn’t just offer prêt-à-porter but all of its own accessories too, from leather weekend getaway bags to shoes, jewellery and scarves.
Across the pond, our first stop is Boutique Made in Italy on Samson boulevard, in Laval. The shop imports upscale women’s fashion, accessories and cocktail dresses and offers a personalized shopping service for commercial social or televised events. “Innovative, glamorous and dynamic,” this is how co-owner Anna Maria Parisi describes the latest collections in store as she walks us through the upcoming trends for the season which pick up on hues of red, blue grey, bordeaux and mustard yellow. Plaid leather, vintage floral top dresses and shiny fabrics also feature strongly. “This season is all a throwback to retro looks with elephant leg pants, belted and long coats,” she shares. One of the brands in stock, Più & Più, particularly reflects these trends with its elegant trousers, cream-colored coats and winter-appropriate dresses.
Più & Più
The Italian brand PINKO has captured many a foreign affection. At its outpost in downtown Montreal’s Les Cours Mont Royal, we got a first look at the new collection that expresses femininity through three focal points: a comeback of the street concept of pop culture, wide shoulder silhouettes and jackets that mark the waistline and opulence hallmarked by decorations, prints, ruches, elements and accessories that enrich even the most everyday looks. There are four themes to pick from for your winter 2017 persona: Royal Navy, Military, Pretty Vamp and British Tartan.