Tag: italian menswear

menswear collections: z by zenga, fall

the design & manufacturing empire of ermenegildo zegna was founded in 1910 & is known internationally as the world’s leader in fine men’s clothing. while you might throw shade at the label, don’t be so quick to activate your side-eye; powerhouse labels like gucci, yves saint laurent & tom ford get there suits manufactured by the zenga company- adding yet another historical dimension to their reputable name. with massive production totaling to a yearly output of 2.3 million meters of fabric, 600,000 sleeve units suits, 1.6 million pieces of sportswear and 1.7 million textile accessories. as we seen the main line of ermenegildo zegna open the FW11 menswear show season; as the first collection shown in milan, here we see the labels Z by Zenga label & a modernized sub-division within their italian based fashion house. the collection taps into the zenga signatures of wool, as we seen wool suits appear on the runway for most of the collection. the house of zenga is one of the largest buyers of merino wool & their wool suits have largely attributed to their international success. spectacularly conceptualized coats were the headlining element of this collection, as the palette remained masculine, rich & luxurious- elements that are true to the zenga name. refined & sophisticated, i was very impressed by the showing of Z by Zenga this season & hopefully you all make an effort to familiarize yourself with their legacy. inspiring style & classic approach.

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menswear collections: giorgio armani, fall

the giorgio armani collection stayed in line with their usual direction, providing handsome looks for men for the FW11 show season in milan. a dark palette of grey, blue & black were combined with a few drops of orange, pink & purple for contrast. though the collection is cohesive, some of the attempts at providing relativity to the current seasonal trends seem forced & dully injected into the stone faced concepts of the set. i like a few of the pieces because they are hardcore elements of armani signatures, which in many ways can come off as redundant or revisited. a strong direction outside of the poor choice in contrasted tones at the mid-section of the collection. the armani label continues to stay in their own lane, creativitely & im sure a stunning campaign will be shot with a gorgeous male model to make this seem like more than it appears on the runway.

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menswear collections: versace, fall

modernized structure, incredible use of leather & stunning contrast was seen for the FW11 versace menswear collection. designed by martyn bal, progressive concepts allow simple & understated details to shine even brighter as sophistication of the collection remains untouched. diamond stitched leather was seen alongside sharp tailoring & refined grooming- allowing versace to rightfully take it’s place as a trendsetting label of the future. geometric prints were used in the collections as well as pixelated prints that appeared on some of the pants that walked the runway & to say the least, i was impressed. powerful shots of blue were injected to the mid-section of the collection, allowing details of black to becoming highlighted stylishly. very pleased with this direction & beyond impressed with the execution; beautiful use of camel toned designs as well. one of my favorite collections presented this fall, martyn bal has expert sense in design & im very happy with the chosen direction.

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menswear collection: salvatore ferragamo, fall

while other designers have opted for a color palette of bold choices in unexpected areas of design, like the inner lining of coats; the salvatore ferragamo collection creates one of the most beautiful color stories of the fall season, in milan. beginning with a light base of neutrals, bone & skin toned designs, the collection slowly begins to heat to rusted oranges burning to brown; ultimately cooling through use of green teal & deep rooted aqua. shades, big brimmed fedora’s, suede coats, use of leather were all elements interlaced into this season’s collection, which proves to be a beautiful addition to the ferragamo archives.

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menswear collections: ermenegildo zenga, fall

referencing china as a source of inspiration for their FW11 collection, the ermenegildo zenga set that was presented in milan this morning was a culmination of classical elements. leather accessories had a main stage presence in the collection appearing on the hips of the male models that were cast for the show, among them clement chaubernaud & patrick kafka. while i struggled to find the real relivance to the mentioned chinese inspiration, the show was interestingly backed by a large screen that used a green screen to simulate the models walking on the great wall of china. fur caps, slick tailoring & refined use of textile was seen in the collection, though no new ground was broken in design. few asian male models, including philip huang of soul artist management, were seen on the runway to further enhance to inspired ‘chinese theme’. overall, i was underwhelmed at what was presented though not completely disappointed; each look was timeless through style.

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