Inspiring the Shirò fall/winter 2009/2010 Men’s collection is the English countryside. All dull moorland hues from moss to brown to grey plus a touch of red add to the distinction of clothes with a ‘40s flair and yet a totally today style. The excellence is in the artisanal beauty of precious leathers (alligator, ostrich) and in the artful mix of materials – particularly where the exotic meets heavy warm fabrics like cashmeres and wool jacquards.
F/W Women Collections 2013
“Everything is more simple than one thinks, and at the same time, more complicated than one can understand,” Goethe’s words best express the philosophy of the Shirò collection designed by Massimo Calestrini. Simplicity and complexity because the superiority of the material translates into everyday luxury.
In which the details are jewels. Geometries: squares, lozenges, and stripes in shaved mink masterfully cut in centimetre wide pieces, are set with crocodile inserts as glossy as diamonds. Relief effects were achieved by varying the direction of the fur. In this way the highly desirable coat is a creation of strips of mink that radiate outward and lozenges in motion. Sportswear: a style that plays between the parallel lines of essentiality and sophistication. The precious materials play their part along with the seductive colour palette: indelible blue, violet and red, saturated yellow, emerald and forest green, but also burgundy, ivory,and black. Meringue effect: the incredible suppleness of the mink creates high-relieves, electrifies the collars and transforms the hems into waves through various lengths of the fur. The coats are fluffy and brilliant while the little mink jackets in white, black, and purple have the allure of contemporary passepartout. New trench: a wardrobe basic is updated in lightweight mink or razor thin, grey Breitschwanz lined with crocodile. Croco & Co.: the rareness of the basic materials exalted by exquisite tailoring is a symbol of accessible couture. The croco jackets are warmed by speckled fur or modified by crumpled effects.
Bags: in the mignon version, like grandmother used to carry, in a glossy variety of fancy colors; shoppers with numerous pockets and chains, in crocodile, python and leather skin in a wide range of colors. Then there are the maxi shoppers with pockets, compartments, and flaps in contrasting hues, plus the new generation of handbags: vertical, thin but spacious, in crocodile with shoulder strap and handle, that also have thin crocodile cords for closing where necessary.
F/W Men Collection 2013
Sport as a choice, free time as gratification, travel as an option, elegance as a status symbol: the true passions of the Shirò man are revealed by Massimo Calestrini who, with his sophisticated clarification of style, designs a collection that is sumptuous, rich and virile. He puts forward a declination of the most modern shades, asphalt, iron, lava and bronze but, above all, a new style that is not only reminiscent of the authentic British aplomb – focusing on wasted coats styled like riding jackets or like hunting gear with double coloured revers trimmed with iguana or crocodile – but also in the extraordinary lightness of crocodile and mink jackets that are as sensual as cashmere cardigans. Therefore, in every available moment the young business man, busy switching between the continental climate of cities like London or Moscow, or revved up with the pleasure of spontaneous, carefree, winter excursions in a cool convertible, will find extreme comfort in glossy, black crocodile coats or splendid vintage crocodile, in soft, almost impalpable, opaque shearling with velvet style revers. Crocodile is also the preferred material for suede or matte bomber jackets lined with sable or mink. For decisively sportier occasions, delightful, cropped, quilted blousons and tiny shearling jackets. When the dress code states special occasions, there is never a doubt: tuxedos in silky mink but also Iguana bombers lined with Breitschwanz, meticulously matched with shiny crocodile or iguana shoes or iguana ankle boots and, of course, with a tie or bow tie in silky mink.
The self-importance of the accessories is reasserted by a magnificent series of capacious bags dedicated to leisure time and trips for work and pleasure: fabulous travel bags in crocodile with contrasting suede lining and stitchings. Small, flat, shoulder bags or small clutches plus, a long procession of shoes that take us back to the aviator spirit of the ‘30s, with special rubber soles; Beatles style ankle boots, whether extra flat or with a heel, with soles strictly in leather, plus formal shoes according to the traditional Italian artisan style.