9 posts tagged "Ermenegildo Zegna"
James Lima has been on fashion’s speed dial lately. He just finished shooting Ana Beatriz Barros and her exploding Amazona bag for Loewe, and today Ermenegildo Zegna tapped the Hollywood effects guru—a veteran of “Avatar”—to direct the label’s new show in “live-D.” Zegna celebrates twenty years of its business in China, and, like many brands, it’s pitching hard to the Asian customer. Hence, “In the Mood for China,” with the models—many of them Asian—seen ambling along the Great Wall on a giant screen before wending their way out onto the catwalk. How? Courtesy of a green-screen room concealed behind the set. (The technology will come to Zegna’s e-commerce site down the line.) Olivia Palermo and boyfriend Johannes Huebl were seated front row to check it all out, he dressed nattily in Zegna. The whole show was enough to send you to your travel agent demanding a seat on Mandarin Air, but as it happens, Palermo is directing her trail elsewhere; she heads to Doha tonight.
We’re knee-deep in Milan men’s fashion week, and suit aficionados—myself included—should be happier than pigs in, well, what pigs like to wallow in. Womenswear designers have lately been hearing the call of the suit, too (witness the power-suit-heavy Fall ’10 collections), and looking at both those ladies’ options and the finely tailored Italian versions currently parading through Milan, it’s easy to see why. There’s something so perfect and self-contained about a great suit, whether it’s a classic version, like Ermenegildo Zegna’s, or a jazzed-up new standard, like Prada’s denim-on-denim (pictured), or Martyn Bal’s new eighties revivals at Versace. The suit is a uniform, but worn right, it can be one in the best possible sense of the word—something worn because it enables. I think that’s what Rick Owens was getting at, when, a few years ago, he professed his admiration for the Parisian interior designer Jean-Michel Frank, who whittled his wardrobe down to one perfect item. “Supposedly he has 40 identical gray flannel suits,” he said. “That always impressed me.” Find what really works, and don’t change it. Or change it ever so slightly to fit you. That’s what I thought when I read Karen Wright’s catalog of her run-ins with the incomparable painter David Hockney in More Intelligent Life. Tucked away at the bottom was a great little detail: Hockney, who has famously taken to sketching using iPhone (and now iPad) apps in place of pencil and paper, has his suits altered to accommodate. Each one—even his tuxedo—has a deep inner pocket sewn into the jacket, one that precisely fits the iPad. If you want to be a master, you’ve got to dress the part.
Jess Stam (pictured) has already got her muse credentials down—she inspired Marc Jacobs’ best-selling Stam bag—but now she’s adding designer to her list of titles. The model revealed (via Twitter, of course) that she’s hard at work on a capsule collection for Rachel Rachel Roy. [Vogue U.K.]
The latest from Lacroix: Four new licenses have already been signed by the company’s new CEO, for eyewear, home textiles, stationery, and decorative wood paneling. Because if there’s one thing we always lamented about the Lacroix atelier, it’s that it wasn’t focused enough on decorative wood paneling. [WWD]
Ermenegildo Zegna is going back to school. After 100 years in the suit-making business, the label has established a master’s program in menswear at Milan’s Istituto Marangoni. [WWD]
And Page Six is gleefully reporting that Linda Evangelista has rented an uptown pied-à-terre—in addition to her downtown loft—to be closer to her son’s school during the week. We hate to dredge up Linda’s famous wouldn’t-get-out-of-bed quote again, but… [Page Six]