Ermenegilda Zegna FW16:Â Ermenegilda Zegna Debuts A New Approach To The Embellished Man.
Written by Suliya Gisele
Edited by Lakenya Kelly
Stefano Pilati has a background in haute couture that not many designers possess. For Ermenegilda Zegna’s Fall-Winter 2016 collection, Pilati put hisÂ craftsmanship to the test as he presentsa meticulously articulate collection incorporating embellishments such as beading, embroidery, and romantic Jacquard techniques, all in a bold way that both masculine and progressive.
Today, we’re seeing more and more menswear designers willing to incorporate untraditional elements into their aesthetic. The ideals of haute couture, femininity, and embellishments are now commonplace motifs indicative of an ever evolving understanding of men’s style and what the future of menswear history may become.
Unlike Roberto Cavalli‘s “embellished man”, Pilati’s collection was more hushed, making a bold yet silent statement with the help of a nonchalant color pallet consisting mainly of blacks, grays, navys, and violets with hints of beige tones adding some relief to the eye.Â Pilati’s knitwear also stood out, as he used beading to create three-dimensional aspects to sweaters, while others knits had a more distressed,Â worn-in feeling creating aÂ comfortable boundary between the avant garde and the practical.
When talking about the collection backstage the word chic kept resurfacing: “Chic can be overrated. But, I think, this was really chic.” Pilati explained. And we couldn’t agree more!
See the images below to see of our favorite looks from the Ermengilda Zegna FW16 Collection at Milan Mens Fashion Week.