Italian fashion pioneer Nino Cerruti dies aged 91: ‘Italy’s chicest man’

Pioneering Italian fashion designer Nino Cerruti, who introduced “casual chic” into men’s fashion and in his heyday dressed Hollywood stars, has died at the age of 91.

He died at the Vercelli hospital in the north-west region of Piedmont, where he had been admitted for a hip operation, the Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported on its website.

“A giant among Italian entrepreneurs has left us,” said Gilberto Pichetto, Deputy Minister for economic development.

Nino had a piercing gaze, a true curiosity, a capacity to dare

Giorgio Armani

Cerruti, who created the first deconstructed jacket in the 1970s, was one of the leading figures in men’s ready-to-wear fashion in the 20th century, with a look that was at once stylish and relaxed.

“I want men more free in their elegance, more elegant in their freedom,” he once said.

Tall and slim, Cerruti always insisted on being the first to try

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Ms Bowie told listeners: “My high this week has been the revelation that Princess Anne is a muse for the Serafini fashion house.

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“She’s all over the Pre-Fall 2021 mood board for this Italian fashion house called ‘Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini’, which I’m unfamiliar with.

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She continued:

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