Modern menswear has evolved into a vessel that enables men to communicate individuality. The general shift in attitude is that men should try to avoid conformity, there is no excuse in dressing like a slob and neglecting your dress sense. The greatest luxury is dressing to impress, but Stefano Pilaiti shows that you don’t have to dress crazily to look good.

Ermenegildo-Zegna-Spring-Summer-2014For the first Ermenegildo Zegna Couture fashion show by Pilati, the consensus is that minimal, basic tailoring is what can be high-fashion. Uncomplicated, monochromatic outfits littered the runway, the coats above were beautifully uncomplicated with their basic cut, little details and wholly masculine design.


Ermenegildo-Zegna-Spring-Summer-2014-2Micro-trends were also prevalent. To inject inky blacks into the cooler Spring months, sheer is a fantastic fabric option. Sheer tops were worn over shirts and ties, a pairing that is off-center from traditionally stuffy formal-wear. Colour blocking also made an appearance, and continuing the theme, was applied in a gentle manner that meant the dour colours did not scream to be looked at. There’s no need for that in this collection.


Ermenegildo-Zegna-Spring-Summer-2014-3The pieces reverberated strolls along the crisp summer mornings, with short suits and bomber jackets in simple prints. Denim-wear in various colours, rolled up sleeves (even on blazers) and leather sandals completed the relaxed ensembles.

Ermenegildo Zegna shows that the spring and summer months are not just flowers and pastels, contemporary menswear can be one of carefree masculinity.

Article written by Josh Milton.