October 06, 1999
Cerruti has a well-built reputation for producing classically tailored, elegant daywear in top-quality fabrics. Peter Speliopolous, who took over the creative reins from Narciso Rodriguez a couple of seasons ago, has successfully capitalized on the traditional house's strengths, and simultaneously infused the clothes with a younger attitude. This season the look was perfect for a summer picnic on the Riviera: Onionskin jerseys, feminine wraps, delicately ruched dresses, and Spanish-inspired skirts evoked a modern interpretation of an impressionist painting. Cutout designs, paillette accents, and very delicate embroidery on light, simply cut fabrics proved how the combination of American sensibility with European tradition and craft is working at Cerruti.