Every Look From Zegna Fall/Winter 2022

A brand cannot reach the 112-year milestone without reflecting on its history. Zegna’s Fall / Winter 2022 men’s collection does just that, taking inspiration from the street in picturesque Piedmont, northern Italy, funded by founder Ermenegildo Zegna. The brand adopted an emblematic stripe of the Zegna road as part of a label-level makeover last year. Internally called “our street”, its influence goes beyond simple graphics. “Our road” represents the historic pioneer made by Zegna in the field of menswear. It represents the path that the brand, industry and our society see take as we advance through time, a path that may be uncertain and ever-changing, but promises to bring progress.

Speaking of the new collection, entitled “A journey worth taking”, the Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori explained how he speaks to our present moment and to the future that awaits us. “I continue to look at the world through Zegna’s lens. The reality we live in today requires adaptability; it asks all of us to be fluid. Translating this idea into clothing means building a language of shapes and textures that grows and consolidates over time, satisfying the needs of the moment. The notion of hybrid is what I continue to explore, because there is progress in canceling stable categories, ”Sartori said.

It is true that the collection blurs the boundaries, especially those between indoor and outdoor clothing, between cohesion and singularity and between casualness and formality. The seductive and simple coats and jackets of the collection show how tailoring can break the monotony typical of men’s outerwear. Adding to the charm: the materials behind the garments include #UseTheExisting gabardine, scuba wool, technical silk and wool denim. A mix of earthy reds and oranges evokes a sense of warmth, while the use of cool slate grays and crisp whites favors the elemental feel. Small but impactful touches like a tight belt, an asymmetrical top or a cream-colored lining give life to utilitarian jackets and cloak coats with energy. This, perhaps, is Sartori’s genius: his collections make you wonder why you’ve never seen things done this way before, why his work makes sense on an intuitive level.

Alongside the huge range of well-made coats and jackets are some striking sweaters. Oasis cashmere gives them a thick and luxurious look. While most stick to realistic and attractive neutral shades for everyday life, some are livened up by sewing materials of different types and colors together. The 58 looks in the collection are complemented by well-chosen accessories, including ski goggles and diving boots, which transport viewers into a dreamy winter scene.

Truly “a path worth taking”, Zegna’s latest collection demonstrates that functional clothing can be aesthetically appealing. Even though they have been in business for over a century, it is clear that the legendary menswear brand has many innovations in store.

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