VILLERS ABBEY, BELGIUM
The Abbaye de Villers (Villers Abbey), situated in the commune of Villers-la-Ville (Belgium) in grounds of more than 36 hectares, is a destination imbued with history. It was founded in the 12th Century, under the aegis of Saint Bernard. Today, its ruins give an idea of the life of monks of the Cistercian Order. The earliest buildings no longer exist and the Abbey was completely rebuilt during the 13th Century (Villers III).
According to the chronicle the Abbey numbered in those days no fewer than one hundred monks and three times as many lay brothers. The estate covered a good twenty-five thousand acres, dotted between Antwerp and Namur and managed by different grangiae. Villers also benefited from the protection of the powerful Dukes of Brabant.
Ermenegildo Zegna SS14
Ermenegildo Zegna’s SS14 was grand: from the new venue they chose to Stefano Pilati’s first collection as the house’s Creative Director. The result was Pilati’s signature style, a mix of Parisian elegance with Italian tailoring. Pilati, with the might and resources of the Zegna house, created a powerhouse collection of super lightweight fabrics, beautiful subtle prints and, probably most important, a multi-dimensional collection that had direction, which in the past felt static with seemingly no other goal than showing well made suits to sell to CEOs and titans of business. But Pilati’s collection shows that the house is serious about upping its fashion quotient.