Stefano Pilati Explores the World of Architecture & Space
By: Ian Garner | Photographer: Courtesy of Ermenegildo Zegna Couture; Film by Johan Söderberg
July 24, 2014
When the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Spring/Summer 2015 collection sprouted in Milan for MFW, Stefano Pilati brought with him a truly cinematic experience. The Johan Söderberg directed fashion show film briefly explores Pilati’s world of “Architecture and Space.” His models, who were are introduced to as silhouettes, are the spectacles of architecture that take up his space. There’s a moment of transcendence in darkness when his models emerge into the light of the runway and the color palette that swaddles them is still, in essence, exclusively dark. Much of the garments were highlighted by stripes fashioned in a range of fabrications from a luxury blend mouliné suting stripe to silk taffetà stripes to the summer essential seersucker.
This new chapter of Pilati’s Zegna compounds concepts from the previous two seasons and weaves them into his evolving aesthetic. He continues to explore apparent contradictions that somehow, through Pilati’s touch, complement one another flawlessly: “innovations and destructions, splendor and decadence, philosophy and romanticism, masculine and feminine… architecture and space.”