Why you’ll love the new summer collection by Ermenegildo Zegna

Why you’ll love the new summer collection by Ermenegildo Zegna

Audio review

Text: Norman Tan

Alessandro Sartori hits a home run with a weightless collection that blends technical tailoring with fluid sportswear

It's only Alessandro Sartori's second collection for Ermenegildo Zegna, but it's already proving to be a marriage made in heaven. For summer 2018, the artistic director leveraged off the maison's suiting savoir-faire to deliver yet another sportswear directed collection that's heavy on the couture detailing, but effortlessly light on the body.

Played out in the one of the courtyards of Milan's Università Statale — transformed into a surreal hidden garden anchored by a central tree surrounded by pebbles all cast in a vivid hue of burnt sienna — models stepped out in a Japanese inflected offering (accompanied by the beating drums booming from the second floor) that included oversized sweaters with a kimono-style V-neck; a sensual dusty pink double-breasted two-piece suit with elasticised trouser cuffs; that generously cut field jacket in bold cypress with large handmade patch pockets; and those how-do-I-pre-order-now accessories such as triple-stitch yellow sandals and baseball caps crafted from Ermenegildo Zegna's proprietary woven leather fabric, Pelle Tessuta.

Favourite look? That mandarin-collar over-shirt with four frontal pockets and matching tapered joggers in a masculine vicuna shade, finished with transparent laboratory glasses left dangling around the neck from a yellow triple-stitch sunglass strap. So chic and devastatingly on the money.

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