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For its Summer 2022 menswear collection, “The (New) Set,” Ermenegildo Zegna continued on the course determined several seasons ago—a refreshing of categories to move in step with the changing times. Presented through film, models were captured in a high-energy venture that played with themes of freedom and constraint in contrasting settings like a hedge maze, raised city walkways, and a scene capturing models wading to a dining table placed in a pool of water.
Combining the sartorial finesse of the house’s roots with a functional, utilitarian mindset, the collection checked all the boxes from comfort, to elevated style, to wearability. Roomy, no-fuss silhouettes created a suite of timeless styles familiar to the classic menswear wardrobe, updated through the use of lively earth tones and offbeat, simplistic elements—like ties belting waistlines, sizeable pockets, and kimono-informed shapes. Modeled by men and women, garments were worn oversized, trousers implemented long hems and wide legs, and looks were styled in monochrome with understated accessories like large eyewear and workman’s bags.
“My aim at Zegna is to create an accord between the essence of tailoring, which is our reason for being, and the rhythm of the modern world. What I have done is a rewiring of luxury crafting, following a flow that frees the man while keeping the distinctiveness, offering pieces that are easy to wear as they are inventive. Effortlessness is the key,” said Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori.
Standout looks include an all-over brown pairing of a duster coat and trousers worn with white sneakers, a white suit with raw hems worn over a distressed t-shirt; and a khaki pairing that reminded us of a military pilot’s uniform. We also loved several of the more casual styles, like a knit polo and shorts in monochrome lavender, a pale yellow t-shirt with drawstring pants, and a layered look featuring cream pleated trousers with a structured tee and a faded army green jacket.