Designer Peter Speliopoulos is on a mission to modernize Cerruti without sacrificing any of the brand's old-world sophistication—and this collection proves that he is up to the task.

While most designers have turned to eye-popping cocktail dressing for inspiration, Speliopoulos focused on simple yet impeccable basics like belted jacket dresses, sharply tailored pantsuits and masculine shirts. More feminine alternatives retained a classic spirit of polished chic: pale tangerine suede dresses looked sharp, as did military-inspired jackets with epaulettes. There was also a more playful series of looks featuring a trompe l'oeil black net overlay print.

For evening, Speliopoulos showed overlays (the real thing this time) over simple short dresses, as well as several beautifully worked skirts with straw floral insets—perfect for ladies with an arts-and-crafts penchant.