Two leading menswear figures come together to create a collection that’s not just for the guys.
“It is not about streetwear or tailoring,” says Alessandro Sartori, artistic director of Ermenegildo Zegna, in a recent Instagram post about his brand’s upcoming collaboration with Los Angeles-based niche fashion brand Fear of God. He continues: “It is about a new vision. Jerry (Lorenzo, founder of Fear of God) and I started from a white page to imagine a modern man.”
Apparently, a modern woman as well, seeing as how female models appear alongside guys in their collection. As Lorenzo says in the press notes for the collection, “I design menswear, but I always keep a woman in mind. I really love the way women wear men’s clothing.” While they will only arrive in stores in September, the looks in the collaborative collection have already been unveiled. The range features relaxed tailoring and slightly oversized, stylish silhouettes.
Fusing both designers’ sensibilities, it includes coats that look good, whether worn oversized or just right, tailored jackets without lapels and collars for a cleaner, more casual effect, and casual outerwear such as a lightweight suede shirt-jacket. Accessories include western ankle boots and long woven belts tied at the front.
Despite the sprinkling of flamboyant flourishes, the range never looks anything less than tasteful and luxe – thanks in part to a muted palette that includes grey, vicuna and taupe.
Alessandro Sartori of ermenegildo Zegna (left) and Jerry Lorenzo of Fear of God.
02 STRONG VISION
Set your eyes on the latest project from Leica and Mykita, both paragons of quality, minimalist German engineering and design. The understated (yet un-boring) frames of Berlin-based eyewear brand Mykita are combined with lenses made by Leica. These have been individually ground and polished, and feature a special coating developed by Leica and based on its experience in sport optics (such as binoculars) and professional photography. Available from June.
03 THAT’S OUR BAG
What do you get when you put designers Virgil Abloh (Louis Vuitton menswear) and Nigo (founder of A Bathing Ape and several other streetwear brands) in the same room? The new LV2 collection, which focuses on tailoring with-a-twist looks inspired by Abloh’s easy tailoring for Louis Vuitton and Nigo’s long-held interest in the style of English subcultures. But what we really want to Add to Cart now – the collection will only arrive around July – are the bags. Seen on styles like the Keepall duffle bag and a tote, the Louis Vuitton monogram appears to be melting into a graphic version of its Damier check – a fun riff on Nigo’s Ice Cream fashion label.
04 POWER OF TWO
It should be sufficiently clear by now that “collaboration” is currently fashion’s biggest buzzword. Here’s one we are really excited about. This month, Prada chief Miuccia Prada welcomes a new co-creative director: Belgian designer Raf Simons. Their first joint collection, Prada’s Spring/Summer 2021 womenswear, is scheduled to hit the Milan runway this September. While many partnerships thrive on unexpected contrasts, this pairing was surprising because the two are alike in their intellectual approach to fashion, and their knack for combining clean tailoring with dramatic accents. Will the sum of this alliance be greater than all its parts? We’ll find out.
TEXT LYNETTE KOH