Ermenegildo Zegna | Winter 2017

By Alex Noble Friday 20th Jan, 2017

This collection was Alessandro Sartori’s first since being appointed as creative director of Ermenegildo Zegna, and it’s safe to say the chap didn’t disappoint.

In a collection that sought to merge intensely artisanal and resolutely contemporary ideas, Sartori mastered a show that showcased pieces of exquisite tailoring, which would remain steadfast for a chap that battles the fast-paced daily grind of a cosmopolitan city.

This diverse range probed questions against age-old apparel tradition, and looked to combine luxury with comfort and style with practicality. The venue for this marvellous spectacle, fitted the brief perfectly – on show were the pure raw materials and effortless engineering of Anselm Kiefer’s Seven Heavenly Palaces.

The result was a triumph for contemporary masculinity, which saw a collection suitable for any chap, whatever their age or cultural foundations. Bellissimo!

So what about the collection itself…

Well, Sartori delivered an aesthetic that created a dainty yet active silhouette, with a strong shoulder line and inside-out constructions, which brought a quirky functionality to the fore. It was informal elegance personified, and a sign of the changing times with regards to the sartorial man.

As many a chap will know (and if you don’t then it’s time to get out the old notepad and take notes), accessories maketh man. Unsurprisingly, they played a key part is Sartori’s collection. Details, details, details! 

Sneakers, brogues, briefcases and backpacks all made an appearance, adding that special something to a diverse range of looks…It was lovely to see. These wonderful accessories combined with the palate fulfilling formation of colours, sculpted a fine collection from these Italian style gurus.

Gentleman, next autumn winter may see you jetting to this wonderful boot-shaped country and have you bellowing, Forza Italia.