Ermenegildo Zegna Milan Fashion Week Aw15 Backstage Boys
The zip was invented in 1851 by a man named Elias Howe. It is a device for binding the edges of an opening of fabric, on a garment say, or a bag. This device featured heavily in Stefano Pilati’s autumn/winter 2015 collection for Ermenegildo Zegna: on belted jackets and shearling jackets, on patent leather coats and around the sleeves on wool pea coats, on bum bags and on backpacks worn on the front not the back (making them frontpacks?). It’s a clever thing, the zip. Apart from the zip, the use of velvet in this collection was a highlight. (Did you know that Pilati once worked for a velvet manufacturer?). Velvet suits, worn with roll-necks, came in satisfying shades – a pale olive green, a pastel teal, apricot orange, wine red and mahogany brown. This is luxury menswear at its finest, menswear than men will want to wear. Including this man who writes. Pure, unadulterated elegance.
Photographer: Jason Lloyd-Evans
By Ted Stansfield