Summer is the one time of the year when we all get to relax. It’s hot, we’re on holiday and long days at the office are replaced by easy afternoons at the beach. But that doesn’t mean that you should throw style out of the window and dive for your nearest pair of workout shorts or that old tee shirt you wear to bed. That’s the way of my countrymen, and it’s not something to be emulated. We New Zealanders are famously laid-back; and we don’t have a history of well-dressed men (quite the opposite, in fact). Italian sprezzatura, French nonchalance and English put-togetherness never made their way to our fair shores.
So I’m excited to announce that for Spring/Summer 2012, Ermenegildo Zegna has developed a selection of luxurious cloths with a quite extraordinary wrinkled texture. Showing up in suits, shirts and separates, the crushed cloths exemplify the adage that men look their most elegant when they’re at their most relaxed. Why do Italians always look so good? Because they’re comfortable in their own clothing. Made from crushed silk, cotton blends and drill, the collection’s cloths are so finely woven that the surface detail has the appearance of delicately cracked glass, with a gently metallic sheen. If that’s not easy luxury, I don’t know what is.
1. The lightly coloured pinstripe shirting also has the wrinkled effect, but don’t be afraid to break tradition and wear a freshly pressed shirt and tie with your wrinkled suit.
2. Come to think of it, also don’t be afraid to try the jacket on its own with your other favourite pieces (be they wrinkled or not).
3. Another thing this collection has in common with my daily uniform: The colours are a beautiful sun-faded hue (only it’s on purpose in Zegna’s case, not due to overuse).
4. Silk suiting is about as luxurious as you could ever hope to find – women, men, and your body will love you for wearing it.
This post originally appeared on zegna.com
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