Blazer, Ermenegildo Zegna ($2,095). Copley Place, 617-424-9300. Poplin shirt, Prada ($390). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500. Pocket square, Alexander Olch ($55). Barneys New York, Copley Place, 617-385-3300
Pastels have long been inspirations for spring fashion, but when thinking of pale pinks and soft shades of yellow, womenswear is what usually comes to mind. For Spring 2012, all that changes as pale shades such as powder blue and light turquoise make their mark on men’s suiting. Designers including Canali and Moschino are showing baby pink in sophisticated silhouettes, such as a classic slim two-button suit and tuxedo jacket, respectively. Lanvin shows pastel yellow in a simple one-button suit appropriate for both daytime and dinner. Perhaps no designer embraces the trend this season as wholeheartedly as Tom Brady’s frequent choice, Ermenegildo Zegna. “The Spring/Summer 2012 Collection plays with sun-bleached colors, soft silhouettes, and high-performance finishing in fabrics, resulting in impeccable contemporary elegance with an extremely natural and relaxed attitude,” says Anna Zegna, image director for the brand. Adding a piece of Zegna’s pale pink suiting (not so different from the pages of the Financial Times) to your wardrobe is a savvy spring fashion investment.