CP Company
CP Company's designers Allesandro Pungetti and Paul Harvey

24 Jun. 2013

Q&A: Paul Harvey and Alessandro Pungetti, Designers, CP Company

CP Company continues to push boundaries in the field of sports and outerwear. We caught up with the brand’s head designers Paul Harvey and Allesandro Pungetti during London Collections: Men to talk about the duo’s definition of future trends and the nature of CP Company’s SS14 offering, which was presented during LC:M at the Mercer Street Studios in Covent Garden. Interview by Emma Holmqvist

What colours will be important for SS14 and beyond?
We like to combine what we call “important neutrals” such as indigo – which will be a significant colour next year– and shots of yellow and orange, for instance. These types of brights can look overwhelming if brought together alone, but work well if toned down with the help of a brown-y military green or indigo.

Model David Gandy at the CP Company presentation in London
Model David Gandy at the CP Company presentation in London
One of the pillars of your work is the creation of innovative materials– what type of material combinations do you favor currently?
We typically experiment with the combination of natural fibres and high-tech ones. Bringing the two together gives us greater creative freedom; if combining natural fibres with artificial ones, we can dye one of them in one colour and the other in a different shade – or leave it un-dyed – to create a more interesting piece. We like experimenting with both bonded and woven materials this way – as each method results in a different look and gives us endless opportunities to conceive materials with depth and interesting nuance.

What cuts will dominate in the outerwear and sportswear sector in the future, and the coming season?
In keeping with the SS14 collection as shown here today, shapes are generally shorter and lighter as we do believe dressing should be easier for spring and summer. It is a season for simple tees and jeans – or looks that are generally pared down and relaxed. Dressing for summer should be more immediate, involving an easier attitude such as opting to wear a shirt instead of a jacket. This is the direction we’re seeing sportswear developing in the future – it will become simpler and more immediate.

At the CP Company presentation during LC:M in London last week
At the CP Company presentation during LC:M in London last week

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