Dispatches from Fall '11

Pesko's Pics: Ermenegildo Zegna

Our man in Milano brings you the best of the brand-new men's collections.

Giving 'Em the Slip: Zegna.

The Chinese theme of the Ermenegildo Zegna show was writ large on Saturday. You’d think it was the 3D-filmed Great Wall of China out of which the models walked, or the Chinese silk evening wear (think Shantung tuxes) that brought out the Asiaphile in me, but no: It was the karate shoes. Yes, Zegna made a luxury version of the canvas slip-ons worn in tai chi parks the world over. In rich coffee and caramel-colored calfskin. Awesome. Each pair’s sole matched the look it went with, many of which shared that feeling of luxurified utility.

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