BoF Exclusive | How Stefano Pilati Plans to Modernise Zegna

Stefano Pilati | Photo: Inez and Vinoodh

In a global exclusive interview to coincide with the unveiling of a new advertising campaign for Ermenegildo Zegna, a part of the brand’s repositioning strategy, Imran Amed sat down with head of design Stefano Pilati to discuss his plans for modernising the venerable Italian menswear label, while embracing its rich heritage in tailoring and fabric development.

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CEO Talk | Gildo Zegna, Chief Executive Officer, Ermenegildo Zegna Group

Gildo Zegna | Source: BoF

In our latest CEO Talk, BoF’s Imran Amed sits down with Gildo Zegna on the day of Stefano Pilati’s debut show for Zegna Couture to talk about how Ermenegildo Zegna, a family-run business started in 1910 in the small town of Trivero in the Biella Alps, has become a luxury menswear benchmark for global success.

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Stefano Pilati makes Zegna debut

Source: Associated Press

MILAN, Italy — Stefano Pilati, who arrived at Zegna from Yves Saint Laurent, inventively fit contrasting scrunchy, crumpled cuffs, at times suggestive of armbands, on tailored jackets, coats and fine sweaters. In another twist, shirt cuffs were folded over elbow-length sleeves on finely knit sweaters, layered again with a longer scrunched-up sleeve.

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Week in Review | Natalie Massenet named Chairman of BFC, Going Global, Back in the Tourist Business

Week in Review September 3-7

BoF Exclusive | Natalie Massenet to be named Chairman of BFC (BoF Exclusive) “The Business of Fashion has learned that Natalie Massenet, founder of pioneering fashion e-commerce website Net-a-Porter, is soon to be named the new chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), replacingHarold Tillman, who has been chairman of the organisation since 2008.” Finding Your M.O. | Part 7: Going Global (Education) “Today’s

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Zegna hires Pilati, Richemont Asia sales slow, Dispute escalates, Online trade-offs, Cost of craft

Stefano Pilati by Evan Sung | Source: NY Times

Zegna Hires Designer From Saint Laurent to Bolster Brand (NY Times) “The Italian men’s wear company Ermenegildo Zegna moved on Tuesday to strengthen its core brand and breathe new life into its little-known women’s fashion line by hiring a designer best known for his work at Yves Saint Laurent.” Richemont’s Asia bonanza slows, tourists boost Europe (Reuters) “Richemont, the world’s second-largest

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Autumn/Winter 2012 | The Season That Was

Future of the Fashion World's Front Row | Source: Jessica Michault Twitter

PARIS, France — What does it take to create a true fashion moment? This season, the answer would seem to be either the high-profile dismissal of a longstanding creative director just days before his fashion show, or a massive budget to create a larger-than-life fashion spectacle that not only captures the imagination of show-going industry insiders, but generates striking imagery which plays out on livestreams, social media, and

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Sorry state of fashion, Pilati out at YSL, D&G talk, Harvey Nichols record, Oscar’s next big act

Jil Sander Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

We Are All Guilty for This Mess (IHT) “The current state of fashion, with designers enticed to houses where they may be rejected, removed and re-embraced, leaves a queasy feeling. The drama that started almost exactly a year ago with the breakdown and departure of John Galliano from Dior has spread across the fashion universe.” Yves Saint Laurent creative head Pilati leaves (Reuters) “French fashion brand Yves

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High-rise designers, Fung acquisition, Guangzhou rising, McQueen’s reign, Work ethic

Erdem, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

High-Rise Designers (IHT) “Pinstripes with an edge of cool, surfaces smooth and metallic, and fashion show locations in a high rise building in London’s financial district — could it be that city slick is making a comeback?” Hong Kong Investors Buying Sonia Rykiel Fashion House (NY Times) “Fung Brands, a luxury investment firm backed by two Hong Kong billionaires, is acquiring 80 percent of Sonia Rykiel, one of

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Spring/Summer 2012 | The Season That Was

LONDON, United Kingdom — It was a fashion season of extreme weather. After the New York Fashion Week schedule was upended, first by an earthquake and then by the State of Emergency declaration that came courtesy of Hurricane Irene, an unprecedented heat wave in Paris threw buyers, editors and bloggers into a wardrobe tailspin. The American editors were worst off, having packed for the European shows two weeks before Paris with no

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Suzy Menkes: Sources Say Raf Simons To Take Over At Yves Saint Laurent

PARIS, France — We usually leave ‘breaking news’ stories to the wire services and Twitter, and don’t like to propagate unsubstantiated rumours, but sometimes the news is so big, and the source of the rumour is so credible, that it warrants immediate comment and analysis from BoF. In her rapturous review of Raf Simons’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection for Jil Sander, the highly-respected fashion editor of

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Autumn/Winter 2011 – The Season That Was

John Galliano | Source: The Creator Blog

PARIS, France – The process of writing this season’s wrap-up left a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. Looking back, several of the most salient themes from this round of fashion weeks involve unsavoury behaviour, gossip and highly unprofessional comments from some of the industry’s most important figures. Whether it was John Galliano’s inexcusable anti-Semitic rant captured on video for the whole world to watch, the scrum of

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