The ZILLI man Spring-Summer collection for 2017 is light and stylish. From meeting room to sport cruiser, the silhouette brings together the essentials of French Riviera style, casually elegant and unmistakably chic.
The craftsmen in the Lyon workshops have created the iconic House jacket in a range of hypnotic blues, from navy to sky, passing through ultramarine, turquoise and azure. Elegant, the straight cut Bolid, in ultra supple royal blue lambskin, is suitable for every occasion, as is Bond, in navy silk with a high collar, piped pockets and ribbed edging encrusted with tone-on-tone crocodile. In a sportswear register the suede lambskin Belga, Egyptian blue punctuated with orange, or the twin material Braque: navy crocodile and blue silk with cuffs highlighted in tone-on-tone lambskin.
In this same colour palette, knitwear features a range of exclusive patterns and shades. Between sea and sky, round necks and diagonals, with bands of colour fading from cyan to turquoise to aquamarine, or tri-colour white, navy and sky blue modelled on a mariner style. The straight-cut white trouser with piped pockets is an essential for the yacht club silhouette.
In keeping with the tailoring style of ZILLI suits and jackets, this season sees straight-cuts. The burgundy blazer is relaxed with patch pockets and leather braiding; the blue tartan is softened with plum. The white suit with a two-button jacket adapts to both a coloured loose-fit silk t-shirt or a formal shirt. The Duchess printed silk tie with delicate geometric patterning, made entirely by hand, highlights a depth of blues – cerulean, cobalt, sapphire.
Perfect for a morning workout or just for lazing around, joggers are structured with tops featuring kinetic patterning and branded zips. Sweatshirts include this model in navy blue with contrasting yellow collar. The denim collection, acclaimed for its use of Japanese stretch cotton fabric, offers an ad hoc range of summer colours.
ZILLI footwear completes the look. Sneakers with wide laces modernise the mariner look, as do the white driving shoes with a generous blue stripe – the ultramarine crocodile model is still a safe bet. Somewhere between a sneaker and a derby, this season’s footwear is a combination of fabrics and colours, blue suede calfskin and turquoise canvas contrasting with ultramarine laces and royal blue soles, or sky blue cut-outs over orange suede calfskin and navy blue woven leather uppers. New models include the ultramarine derby with white soles and laces, and a turquoise sneaker with an extra large navy blue sole.
That other House best-seller, the ZILLI sandal, opens a new chapter in summer elegance in smooth woven leather with tassels, a white crocodile and ostrich version offering a convincing alternative. Whatever the model, it will be a perfect fit with swimming shorts in shades of blue and plum.
Stardust calfskin, the signature grain of the House, is available for the first time in ultramarine, and used on the new 4-wheel trolley where a micro-pattern of ingots creates a glitter effect. Small leather goods are now available in a new exotic hide, a croco scan in a pearly blue. Full skin belts with calfskin lining coordinate with the entire collection in a variety of blues with the stylish ZILLI buckle.