We Like — Take Cover

Sansovino6 offers collections for both men and women and this coming winter promises to offer something special for both sexes. Under the title of ‘Cover’, the incoming collections continue some of the ideas already explored in the brand’s SS11 collection; a weird and wonderful mix of hippy and military sensibilities played out in swirling forms and dramatic draping.

Sansovino6 -AW12 womenswear collection

Sansovino6 -AW12 womenswear collection

Traditional shapes are exaggerated into swirling dramatic forms or luxurious gestures of opulence. Detailing in fabrics – herringbone or Prince of Wales- give the garments a connection to tradition, but there is also a strong sense of military practicality and even notions of traditional ethnic clothing that come through in the patterns of knitwear or the roomy hang of drapery.

The military and ethnic costume references are certainly more pronounced in the men’s collection where little pocket details, bands or even boy scout-like toggled scarves bring a certain whiff of the former and comfortable draping and chunky traditional knits convey an idea of the latter. By contrast, the womenswear collection takes the same sources in a much more subtle direction leaving a last impression that primarily evokes classic Italian styling. Both, however, are untied by their use of luxurious tactile fabrics throughout.

In a palette that places practical grey at the centre of it all, men are invited to cut a dashing figure with luxurious knitwear that stands out in the crowd; women to offer an elegant swanky figure to the world with soft clinging knits that highlight a good figure (or indeed, cleverly cut pieces that disguise the lack of it). Camel, military greens, blues and the occasional shot of rose provide interesting counterpoint to the overall restrained colours.

Oversizing remains one of Sansovino6’s signature touches. In the new winter collection, gigantic loose-knit scarves or capes offer men both the practical benefit of warmth and comfort but also a bold silhouette for the world to take in. A similar idea – but with a very different execution – is also present in the womenswear offer: a handsome gigantic tricolour hooded cardigan gives a dramatic mantle to otherwise clinging and figure-accentuating shapes providing both welcome warmth and a suitably grand entrance or exit. The more military notions of ‘cover’ become those of a straightforward practical description of clothes that one literally can’t wait to wrap up in.

Sansovino6’s collections are stocked in top boutiques across Europe where those who have been smart enough to learn of its discreet charm can pick out the perfect conversation pieces or durable separates for the coming colder months.

Sansovino6 -AW12 Menswear collection

Sansovino6 -AW12 Menswear collection