Insisting on white shirts and black ties for all but one look (perhaps it was hidden underneath the roll neck sweater), Corneliani went wild on the black watch tartan this time. Though in the refinement of the brand’s dandiest universe, Scotland’s most renowned plaid no longer evokes the roughness of the highlander’s misty heathered moors nor that of the rough manhandling that has come to be synonymous with its bloodshed history. Instead, the sharp elegant looks portrayed a refined update to the classic sartorial look. Young gentlemen strolled the historic setting’s sandy paths in crossway pattern (the tartan!), every one of them looking sharper than the next. From classically tailored suits to luxurious cashmere arran knits, plaid coats to sporty hooded jackets, it was all there with much distinguished detail. Corneliani dresses for city chic rather than the countryside, using Queen Victoria’s favourite tartan or not. Purified and polished. Stunningly simple and yes, simply stunning too.
Text: Koen Eeckhout