Today’s post offers a particularly interesting example that perfectly demonstrates the subtle art of mixing colours and patterns.
It is a composition found in the F/W collection by beautiful and
great Brioni, which PG appreciates to its true (and high) value.
At first glance, there is no doubt that the ensemble is very well
executed and that the colour blend is well-balanced. Needless to say,
each piece is a wonder in itself, especially the burgundy blazer and the
chocolate cardigan, both in pure cashmere.
Nevertheless, we consider that one detail falls short of the
aesthetic intention, as it goes against a fundamental principle that we
have often explored in these lines, namely pattern combinations.
Indeed, the very
similar patterns on the bowtie and coat divert the gaze away from the
face and ultimately somehow blur the overall result.
The rule being bent here is simple: when blending two similar patterns (in this case checks), make sure that they are of different dimensions (which is not the case here).
In addition, the bowtie being in (excessively) perfect harmony with
the coat suitably exemplifies “anti-sprezzatura” (the famous purposeful
In other words, if you met this handsome gent on the street you would
immediately know that he had thought long and hard about his outfit.
Now, picture the same ensemble with a block colour bowtie: the effect
would have been far more nonchalant and therefore, a lot more
One single flaw with our analysis: its collapses if you take off the coat…