Milan Fashion Week: Zegna takes a silky, sunbleached stroll on the sand

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For spring and summer 2012, Ermenegildo Zegna was all about silk and sunbleach at the beach, sending a light and airy collection down the runway in a range of washed-out hues -- pale sky blue, seafoam green and shell white.

Fabric-wise, the emphasis was on texture, tweaking the smoothness of silk by resin-treating, creasing and crinkling it and using it in suits, safari jackets and trench coats, or blending it with cotton and waxing it for jackets and raincoats.

The crinkle-fest continued in the trouser department, with linen trousers and suede jogging pants that looked like they’d spent a summer balled up in the hamper of a Hampton’s beach house, and chenille polos that looked like rain-dappled silk.

Zegna even managed to make the traditionally bulky looking double-breasted blazer seem light as air with a new, unlined version of the classic silhouette looking beach comfortable right off the runway.

While spring and summer collections inevitably veer toward the beachy keen, Zegna’s minimalist approach to the marine motif was as light and breezy as the clothes that came down the catwalk.

-- Adam Tschorn, reporting from Milan


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