I don’t usually write about menswear…I love the menswear trend for women but unfortunately I don’t have the figure for it. Quite frankly I have too many lumps and bumps and garments such as boy friend jeans just quite frankly make me look fat! I have seen some of the uber cool bloggers such as Shine by Three’s Margaret Zhang and COTR’s Camille rock the look but they are slender and willowy in physique.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not going to write about something I have no particular interest in…in fact I will write about the beauty of a man wearing a tailored suit. After working in the City (London), I have become very appreciative of a man wearing a fitted suit. And unfortunately for me and London in general, I have also seen some shocking examples of men in suits. You would think with some of the salaries that these guys were earning they would be able to buy a decent suit?
May be I am stating the obvious but you really can tell the difference between a quality tailored suit and one which has been bought from the high street (hey, you know I am a high street girl so no disrespect intended to the high street.)
An unfortunately common sight in the City…
However, since meeting the boy, I have noticed his own personal evolution with regards to suits. He used to wear some shockingly baggy suits to compensate for his developed upper torso. However, they made him look blockish and quite frankly a big square shape rather than show off his broad shoulders and narrow waist…(not that I am bragging but he has a great inverted triangle shape…)
During his recent trip over to visit me, the boy and I went to have a look at some suits…unfortunately for him, due to his “over developed upper torso” (thank you Paul Smith sales assistant for giving him a massive boost in his ego…), he could not find the right one – actually scratch that, he did pop into Ermenegildo Zegna and actually liked some of the suits, unfortunately the price was a tad too high.
The recent S/S 14 runway show at Milan Men’s Fashion Week highlights the masterful expertise of Ermengildo Zegna in the tailoring of menswear. The company is in fact famous for its menswear especially their suits. Not only are suits produced under the Zegna brand, it also produces men’s suits for designer brands such as Gucci, Tom Ford and Saint Laurent. It is one of the biggest producers of fabric (especially for menswear).
Only the finest prize-winning fleece goes into the Zegna wool suits fabric
Still privately owned, the brand is named after its founder Ermenegildo Zegna who is still the CEO. The S/S 24 collection marks the debut of Stefano Pilati as the chief designer for the brand. Stefano Pilati established his designing credentials as the chief creative force behind YSL (when it still was Yves Saint Laurent and not the current name of Saint Laurent.)
Famous for muted yet rich shades (Pilati is not known for his neon colour choices), Pilati has stuck to what he knows best: impeccable tailoring in classy subtle shades of colour…classy and yet modern.
Here are some of my favourite looks from the S/S 14 collection:
If the boy is reading this then I want to shout a big thank you for making me more appreciative of the beauty of a man wearing a beautifully cut suit.
For more information about the S/S 14 collection of Ermenegildo Zegna then please check the firm website. Thanks to Katie So of Lee Wolter for the images.