In the skin, and on a daily basis, of a fashion photographer

What would David Hemmings wear as Thomas, if Explode was put these days? Antonioni’s masterpiece captures the frenetic rhythms and eerieness of Swinging London, where the photographer moves between the park and his studio wearing body-brushed white trousers and a blue collared shirt starched, embodying the somewhat frivolous elegance of this world. More than fifty years after the release of the film, the man of today is no longer what he was. Habits and rhythms of life, aspirations and cultural references have changed, and men’s fashion naturally anticipates and materializes this transformation. This happens with the current reset in the collections offered by Zegna interpret a new concept of masculinity, free from prejudices and superstructures.

In the skin, and on a daily basis, of a fashion photographer

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Cleared of any barrier between the different occasions of use, from work to leisure, even luxury is adapting to new needs by merging with leisure clothing. This is how hybrid garments of high sartorial quality are created, designed to be worn 24/7, also suitable for the dynamic life of a fashion photographer, including studio shots, creative meetings and behind-the-scenes work. Author and protagonist himself of these shots in a work of autobiographical meta-theatre, the talented photographer Danilo Scarpati lives and works in Italy, Europe and the United States.

On set: preparing the photographic set

Inspiration is everywhere, and it is a fundamental element in the work of a photographer. That’s why her routine is never too static, but instead plans to keep a curious eye on the world around her. Art and design exhibitions, cool new corners to discover, walks in the open air to catch the changing light of the day are just a few ideas… This is how the eye is trained and the spirit remains receptive to new ideas with which to enrich each photographic set.

danilo scarpati for zegna

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danilo scarpati for zegna

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To follow this dynamic working method that combines concentration and leisure, the search for balance also involves the wardrobe – starting with the shoes. That’s where Zegna’s signature sneakers come in triple stitch™ with a casual but elegant look, able to combine the comfort of a sports shoe with a perfect look for all occasions. Formally, they are sneakers, even if the laces are laid out differently than usual. Looking closer, as in an operation explode, the sobriety of the design and the refined materials are appreciated – from textured leather to canvas, to very soft suede. The flexible structure and the very light rubber sole make it a shoe suitable for long walks as well as formal occasions.

For spring | Summer 2022, the Triple Stitch™ model is available in dark gray canvas, olive green, tan, dove green, mustard yellow, pink and indigo suede, all with matching elastic laces, or beige suede with elastic bands and straps. contrasting profiles.

#Shooting day

Camera in hand, it’s time to shoot. Not before having arranged the set with lights and accessories to create the ideal setting for each subject: models with a classic or more extravagant look, clothes to be represented in a still life version in the name of minimalism or in richer compositions. each his own! Between light and shadow effects, color combinations, objects and decorations, each detail is carefully chosen to stage the scene. After an initial phase of creative chaos, poses are chosen and silence falls on set to begin filming. Shots from below or above, close-ups, unusual angles and sometimes a few self-portraits… As we said, the photographer’s work is dynamic.

danilo scarpati for zegna

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danilo scarpati for zegna

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On the set, then, they can have a real crush. As when there are tailor-made clothes in front of the lens that are as easy to wear as they are original and creative. This is the case of the linen twill Overshirt, an expression of Zegna’s innovative Luxury Leisurewear style. Ideal alternative to the classic blazer, it is the strong symbol of the renewal of a brand that has been dressing men for 110 years, always in tune with the times. Like a second skin, it can be worn from morning to evening and on any occasion, from the most formal contexts to those where comfort is the real protagonist, also moving from indoors to outdoors with nonchalance. The oversized fit is absolutely contemporary, while the shirt collar and cuffs make the look structured and sleek. Even a timeless classic like this is deconstructed and reinterpreted to give voice to a new philosophy that combines excellence, quality, modernity and comfort.

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