Our bet is that you have already heard of Patricia Manfield and Giotto Calendoli. If you haven’t, take note: they’re the dynamite Milanese couple whose name is on everyone’s lips and whose faces are at the end of every street style photographers lens. The duo share their favourite SS16 pieces and show you how to wear them…
“A tracksuit is all you need to tap into the sports luxe trend and this embroidered Gucci ensemble is a no-brainer. Team with a heel for polish.”
P: Jacket and trousers by GUCCI
G: Jacket, jeans and scarf by GUCCI, t-shirt by DOLCE & GABBANA
“Your dress is nothing this season if it doesn’t move when you move! Just swish and go in rainbow ruffles!”
P: Dress by GUCCI, shoes by MANOLO BLANIK
G: Jacket and shoes by SAINT LAURENT, t-shirt by DOLCE & GABBANA, jeans by GIVENCHY
“It’s the ultimate style no-brainer and my favourite colour combination, keep it classic and cool in black and navy.”
P: Dress by PROENZA SCHOULER, shoes by NO. 21
G: Jacket and jeans by SAINT LAURENT, sweater by GUCCI, boots by ATTACHMENT KAZUYUKI KUMAGAI
“The new way to work high-voltage hues? This tasselled Christopher Kane skirt. Striking the perfect balance between strong and sensual, you can wear it with anything. Pare down with understated staples or play up with a pussybow blouse.”
P: Blouse and shoes by GUCCI, skirt by CHRISOPHER KANE
G: T-shirt by DOLCE & GABANNA, jeans and belt by GUCCI
P: “When I want to feel confident, jeans and an oversized blazer are my uniform. And this is the jacket you will wonder how you ever lived without.”
G: “Sometimes you just need to keep things simple and a flannel shirt with black skinnies ticks all the right boxes. Top it off with a Nick Fouquet hat for that boho vibe.”
P: Blazer by ACNE, jeans by FAITH CONNEXION
G: Shirt and jeans by SAINT LAURENT, t-shirt by DOLCE & GABBANA, hat by NICK FOUQUET
“When I’m looking for a suit, Saint Laurent is my go-to… Sharp tailoring worn with a simple white tee and slick boots is the epitome of clean-cut cool.”
P: Cardigan by LOEWE, skirt by ANTHONY VACARELLO
G: Suit by SAINT LAURENT, t-shirt by DOLCE & GABBANA
“If there is one piece getting me hot under the collar this season it is this dress! A modest, yet seductive number from the totally of-the-moment Jacquemus!”
P: Dress by JACQUEMUS, bag by GUCCI
G: Coat by CURIEUX, t-shirt by BY WALID, jeans by SAINT LAURENT
“A tailored shirt, staple tee and tried and trusted denim: Because who doesn’t want to feel effortlessly stylish, yet completely comfortable!”
P: Dress by VETEMENTS, jacket by JACQUEMUS, boots by HAIDER ACKERMANN
G: Shirt and jeans by SAINT LAURENT, t-shirt by DOLCE & GABBANA, boots by GUCCI
How would you describe your style?
Patricia: My style is just like my personality, individual and eclectic. I tend to mix sporty and elegant pieces; I like the contradiction and it works for me because I never look too overdone.
Giotto: My style is understated and easy-going. If you have to think about it too much, you’re trying too hard! As Patricia always says, “Less is more!”
Who is your ultimate style icon?
Patricia: I don't have one style icon in particular, but I'm really inspired by male rockstars from the ‘60s and ‘70s – and their girlfriends at the time!
Giotto: My style icon is my grandfather. I get so inspired by his clothes and his lifestyle.
What are the most important pieces in your wardrobe?
Patricia: My vintage pieces, my t-shirts from rock concerts and anything Saint Laurent.
Giotto: Hats and my grandfather’s coats for sure.
Do you dress according to trends?
Patricia: It depends on the trend. I’m not a slave to the season and tend to stick to what I love rather than subscribing to something that will phase out.
Giotto: No, I never follow trends. Everyone should wear what they feel comfortable in and what makes them feel like themselves. One trend doesn’t fit all.
What are your go-to pieces?
Patricia: A little black dress is a cliche but it always saves the day! And a tailored suit with a jacket I can wear with nothing underneath – perfect for upping the ante in the evening!
Giotto: A precision-cut suit, a classic white shirt and denim you can dress up or down.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Patricia: My guilty pleasure at the moment is actually sneakers!
Giotto: I really love boots so if I find a pair and fall in love then I will buy them straight away – even if I already have an almost identical pair!
How is your wardrobe arranged?
Patricia: I still don't have the wardrobe of my dreams but I will get there as soon as I buy my own house. I have separate spaces dedicated to shoes, denim and white t-shirts. I have more than 60 white t-shirts! I wear one every day.
Giotto: Well, my wardrobe is a real mess! I organise one closet with plenty of space for denim, shirts, t-shirts, trousers, jackets and sweatshirts, and then I have a seperate closet for leather jackets, coats and my boots.
What do you wear when you travel? What are your travel essentials?
Patricia: Denim, sneakers and a sweatshirt or a leather jacket. And I always take my travelling bag, my Birkin.
Giotto: When I travel, comfort is key so that translates into sneakers, denim and sweatshirts.
Photography ANDREW WOFFINDEN @ A&R Photographic | Photographer’s Assistant NICHOLAS MARTIN | Hair Stylist OSCAR ALEXANDER @ Era Management | Make Up Artist YIN LEE @ Era Management