There’s a fluidity to the Corneliani cut and silhouette, as if the Corneliani man moves through any territory or situation with ease. His clothes, whose roots lie in traditional Italian tailoring, are laid back yet precise and always made from luxurious fabrics and textiles. Wide notched lapels on double breasted, lightweight suits over loose, long-cut and low waisted trousers were the immediate themes as this collection opened. Two-button suits and all of the above mixed with turned up, knee-length shorts followed. Airy, light, cotton scarves looped around the neck and rested on soft knits or summer trench coats (waterproof pure silk) and safari jackets tied at the waist with matching belts. Black, leather, cross-strap sandals and canvas dessert boots walked over white sand that covered the entire runway. Defined by a classic elegance that gives a subtle nod to current trends, the Corneliani business is a family affair dating back to the 1930s and this, the first show to open Milan menswear for spring/summer 12, presented the continuation of the sun-bleached tones trend that germinated across the board for AW11/12. White, bone, eggshell, latté, corn blues and slate greys moved to charcoal and black over forty-two looks before designer Sergio Corneliani took to the catwalk to take his bow.