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Ermenegildo Zegna Menswear S/S12

Suits led the way for the Italian designer's new Spring collection featuring weighted silks in soft pastels

This predominantly suit-led show took a new direction for menswear at Ermenegildo Zegna, offering a number of silk pieces throughout the collection. Suits, sweaters, sports jackets and scarves were all made up in a variety of different weight silks. The look was simple, relaxed and laid back. Jackets were open, t-shirts were worn under blazers, and the silk scarves mentioned earlier replaced ties. Colours were also calm, neutral mauve, grey, green and blue appeared in both pastel and soft versions. Suit shapes were both strong, offering variations on an hourglass look, and at the same time reserved. For a drop more luxury, detailing made all the difference, lifting a number of pieces. Wide lapels and collars, a reoccurring theme throughout a number of shows, along with contrasting panels on jackets and trousers added an eye catching element. Aside from the suiting, other key pieces included both the belted trench and mac, in silk and ultra light leather.