Spring Trend: Pastel Suits
by rebecca malinsky
Pale pink cotton blazer, Ermenegildo Zegna ($2,095). 301 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8827. Light poplin shirt, Prada ($390). South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-338-2200. Pale pink eyelet pocket square, Alexander Olch ($55). Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400
Pastels have long had a presence in spring fashion, although pale pinks and buttery shades of yellow have usually been associated with womenswear. For Spring 2012, all that changes, as shades ranging from powder blue to light turquoise take over men’s suiting. Designers including Moschino and Canali are showing baby-pink in sophisticated silhouettes like a tuxedo jacket and slim two-button suits, respectively. Lanvin designed a simple one-button suit in pale yellow, wearable any hour of the day or night. Meanwhile, no design house embraced the pastel trend this season quite as thoroughly and stylishly as Ermenegildo Zegna. “Our Spring Summer 2012 Collection plays around with sun-bleached colors, soft silhouettes, and high-performance finishing in fabrics that result in contemporary elegance with a natural and relaxed attitude,” says Anna Zegna, image director for the brand. As for why these chic, pale hues work so well for Angelenos, Zegna says, “The look is effortlessly chic—ideal for the Los Angeles lifestyle.” It may take a little getting used to, but we think Zegna’s grayishpink blazer is poised to become the next must-have classic.
photograph by nathan sayers