Photos: Katherine Lowe
Fashion is typically the last industry on earth to embrace new technologies, but today at Ermenegildo Zegna, we saw the models virtually before they appeared in the flesh. Each boy was projected cinematic green-screen style onto the back wall to a live streaming background of The Great Wall of China. Created by one of the clever chaps behind Avatar, it was very fancy; as were the clothes. Dedicated to soon-to-be-the-most-powerful-economy-in-the-world China, the show celebrated those men who live “between two worlds, carrying in themselves a blend of West and East just as perfectly balanced as Yin and Yang.”
The strains of East meets West could be found in a series of belted military coats echoing the Mao uniforms of the late 40s and 50s, teamed with classic hunting tweeds and plaids in earthy browns; and again in a multiple offering of tuxedos made from marbled red, orange and black Oriental silks and velvets. But it was most evident in the casting – about half the models were Asian, and that’s a bold statement in the typically white-washed arena of fashion.
One of the toughest elements to dressing for the cold is restricted movement, but the entire collection bounced with a lightness that belied its weight. It made layering look easy, and that’s about as high a compliment to a winter wardrobe as can be given.