The future of fashion lays in sustainable cashmere knitted fabrics, as presented by Zegna at the closing of Milan Fashion Week for f/w 2023/2024.The Italian textile and apparel group led by artistic director Alessandro Sartori has expressed this idea and presented an essential collection free from frills and decors characterised by essential silhouettes, wide trousers, cropped and boxy or slim tops made with exclusive fabrics “The Oasi Of Cashmere”.
As its project Oasi Zegna, a protected natural area of 100 sq. kilometers in Piedmont in the Biella Alps, and historic home of Zegna’s values, the company launched the “The Oasi of Cashmere”, the ultimate expression of sartorial excellence and a crucial step for its selection of materials that they engage to be fully trackable and sustainable by 2024.
By working with prestigious mills the group owns directly — including Bonotto, Dondi, Filati Biagioli Modesto, Lanificio Zegna and Tessitura Ubertino — Zegna wants to position itself at the top in creating fine fabrics of its Oasi Cashmere, as a treasure of Italian craftsmanship.
"Therefore, Zegna’s big chapter of woven fabrics we have been created in more than 100 years of history becomes even richer with knitted fabrics. Knitted fabrics become the essence of this world. They become jackets without shoulder pads, without linings, without canvas. Everything of this collection is treated knitwear,” he further explained.
The final result is achieved by using a series of different highly artisanal treatments that transform these knitted fabrics into polar fleeces, needle-punch finished fabrics with leather, padded fabrics, double-faced jacquard Meltons, coated and uncoated bouclè, frisé and 3D jacquards and felts.
Volumes are new and translated into cropped bomber jackets, elongated coats, anoraks, blousons, polo shirts, cardigans and blazers without lapels, collars and visible buttons.
The hues of the collection have also a natural origin, as explained by Sartori: “All the colors of are of natural origins, of the Oasi. They are the colors of earth, like the yellows, or the red of berries and obviously the greys and the mineral colors of the Oasis.”