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SUMMER FIRE

Milan: Celebrating 100 years of business, the Zegna group staged a dual-runway presentation of both their classics-driven Ermenegildo Zegna line as well as the more advanced Z Zegna. Over the last few seasons, creative director Alessandro Sartori has garnered critical acclaim for using some of the most novel fabrics and finishes in the industry. This time, with a runway under a glass roof and greenhouse-worthy temperatures, the unexpected use of red resonated throughout the show. Lightweight tailoring in chalky whites, slate grays and brick tones — some featuring pieced materials — added sophisticated dimension to the palette. Jackets often had deconstructed elements, and the introduction of the three-button style (an emerging item this week) looked right with a snug fit and a high button stance. Technical mixes of paper and nylon provided a lustrous medium for parkas and other summery outerwear options. Now that Sartori has gotten into his creative groove, there is no looking back for the Zegna family’s newest label.

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