After a glorious Fall ’19 run at Milan Fashion Week, Italian luxury label Ermenegildo Zegna has followed it up with their ultra exclusive SS ’19 couture. Alessandro Sartori, creative director, Ermenegildo Zegna, has strived for ‘Weightlessness’ with this capsule. As a teaser for the SS ’19 collection, Sartori has integrated the idea not just into his coats and trousers, but also accessories and footwear, staying true to the brand’s ahead-of-the-curve sartorial vibe.
“Creation for me always stems from a technical challenge. I am presenting shapes that are bold and voluminous, yet very light, in layers of meshes, wools, silks,” says Sartori.
Here are the pieces we loved from the line, which will be available exclusively on special order.
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Founded in 1910, the Lanificio Zegna wool was regarded as one of the most beautiful fabrics in the world, as the Italian design house strived towards innovation in that era. Fast forward to 2016, and they launched a revolutionary new fabric, only this time it was woven with leather, not yarns. Micro strands of nappa leather measuring just 2.2mm in width were placed on a special loom to replicate the traditional method of weaving cloth. Thus, PELLETESSUTA was born. In the SS ‘19 couture collection, it has covered laptop bags, sunglass cases, footwear and many other accessories.
While the rest of the industry strives towards the integration of wearable technology and heavier layering, Ermenegildo Zegna focused on going purely weightless. As we tried on a linen and silk-blended coat, Sartori’s vision for weightlessness came alive. Utilising the beauty of lightweight materials and layering, it’s safe to say the collection perfectly strikes the balance between layering and fabrics, especially for Indian summers.
If we take Fall 2019 into perspective, Zegna does seem to be gravitating towards a more youthful approach. Therefore, ‘XXX’ will takes centre stage for the SS’19 couture collection, crafted for younger enthusiasts. The watermark can be found across the collection – integrated into backpacks, leather accessories, shoes and coats perfectly, as tiny detailing even.
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