Urbane Revival

Ermenegildo Zegna

Amy Adams
November 22, 2013

If, upon entering the newly opened Ermenegildo Zegna, your first reaction is déjà vu, it’s likely you’ve already logged significant shopping time in Milan. That’s because the 1,776-square-foot space in Highland Park Village sports an interior that’s strikingly similar to the brand’s global store based there. The striped flooring is a direct nod to the signature selvage that authenticates Zegna fabric, while touches of rosewood, mahogany and bronze echo the masculine undercurrent running through the fall collection. Under the attentive eye of general manager Michelle Lacy, the new boutique offers the full range of apparel collections, as well as leather goods, watches and fragrance; The Sartorial Room houses the made-to-measure program. The season’s palette evokes an industrial revolution: Shades of asphalt, steel, cement and granite prevail, but flashes of cadmium red and deep green keep things from getting too serious. Classic patterns — stripes, argyles, checks — are blown up or manipulated to become textured graphic layers for rustic outerwear. Other highlights include three-button blazers with deconstructed shoulders, fitted vests, a deerskin anorak and even the return of the single-pleat pant amidst its flat-front brethren. All prove that meticulous craftsmanship borrowed from the distant past can be used to create something unmistakably, fashionably modern. 46A Highland Park Village, 214.559.4842; zegna.com.