Witness the takeover of Milano Stazione Centrale by Ermenegildo Zegna for FW19
Zegna kicks off Milan men's fashion week with a spectacular show, where artistic director Alessandro Sartori brings Ermenegildo Zegna XXX to life. This time crossing paths inside the city's main rail and metro hub, Milano Stazione Centrale, the historical venue saw a parade of Zegna's Fall-Winter 2019 looks enlightened in its contemporary metropolis — Sartori's reimagination of the colonnaded façade.
“Borders keep being narrowed throughout the world," says Sartori. "I felt the urge to advocate the power of openness and multiplicity through my own means as a fashion designer, expressing awareness and responsibility at every step of the creative process, from textile-making to devising new categories of clothing to the staging of the fashion show in such a meaningful place. In doing so, I keep perfecting my vision of the contemporary metropolitan wardrobe: an idea of tailoring for a cross-generation of global customers."
Using fabrics such as pre-existing post-consumer natural materials, which have been recycled with innovative processes, Zegna showcased amidst statues and friezes, a hybridized collection that matches the needs of fast, connected lives — jackets have outerwear pockets; shirts become jackets in boxy, functional volumes; blousons sport tailored collars; full trousers narrow towards the elasticated bottom; cargo pants are tapered with tri-utility bands. Outerwear, either long or cropped, is dramatic and voluminous, with quilted puffer jackets and bubbly bombers having detachable collars and knit overcoats, while knitwear had envisaged metropolitan scenes turned into bold visual abstractions either as prints or jacquards. Footwear gains an elevated touch into desirable bold-soled zippered combat boots and multi-material sneakers, with the iconic Cesare being available for complete customisation as #MyCesare is launched online on the night of the show. In keeping with the assertive functional mood, bags are roomy and geometric, with modular solutions.
Although Sartori's palette for colour blocking was less-than-expected this season, the silhouette is personal, effortless and taut. A bold journey for menswear, Zegna created valorous deeds on a huge scale of life, from the diversity of models, fabrics used, to silhouette and colour of life.
Below, highlights from the Ermenegildo Zegna FW19 show: