Unravel by Lehlogonolo Mashaba
The ease here is as perfectly done as Meshell Ndegeocello’s voice in “Feeling for the Wall”, the non-sartorial pocket sqaure, t-shirt over shirt option and casual yet structured jacket with a linen scent to it could be easily overlooked but they are more than the overture! It is the simplest way to achieve elegance and take on a summers itinerary.
Let me introduce my current dibbly italian obsession, The Threef blog by Filippo Fiora and Filippo Cirulli, I first came across them on Facebook (proof once again that digital economy stunts could either launch you or ruin you, depending on how you treat them) and I was engaged. They bring an admirable element of lifestyle aesthetics into style journal blogging which presents them very well and adds to the experience of their work. They are so obnoxious it is so damn good, from the fit of their beautifully curated outfits to their prim, propper and weary gestures, Its all significant. *exhales*
Looking back and noting how weak one is when it comes to falling into trends is a heavy heavy experience, mine began in 2010 when I decided I could take an oversize basic tee and transform it into the deepest of v’s, no tailor needed just scissors, embarrassingly the V was belly button length… Yeah… I wore my uncomfortable new favourite at least thrice all in the name of trend and distinction, and boy did I achieve the latter. The great lengths one goes to all in the name of being a fashion enthusiast, the pressure of seeing bloggers and fashion students in the most risque of garments, trying so hard to reaffirm that you know about this individual style shit, WILL leave you limping from self torture.
I am 22 now and I do not believe in the power of being crafty with your clothes but I do believe in letting your tailor do their job. From hemming [I once frayed] to dying, if you’re NOT skilled at it, DO NOT make it your responsibility.
Fortunately my chest has no interest in making appearances anymore, unlike the loafer sock that occasionally peeks uninvited my sternum has officially retired. The crew neck is a new favourite and best watch out for me in the streets because I might just turn it into a turtle neck… NO.
LN: Critics remarked that your first Zegna collection epitomized a new, more relaxed approach to menswear. How does Zegna as a brand—and your redesign of it—reflect contemporary men’s needs?
SP: Zegna couture reflects a luxurious lifestyle. I’ve always pushed the feeling of being at ease with masculine vanity. Journalists reduced this idea to dandyism, which I consider outdated. Long before my engagement with Zegna, I sensed this new potential in menswear. It was important that my first collection project an easy language. Before I even put the show together, I asked myself how I could make Zegna distinctive in this evolving landscape. I wanted to emphasize a studied nonchalance in dressing up for men.
"The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of [a] low price has faded from memory."
- Aldo Gucci