talian menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna splurged on the celebration of its 50th Wool Awards in Australia. More than 1,000 guests, including Australian actor Chris Hemsworth of Thor fame, Hawaii Five-O star Daniel Henney and Hong Kong singer-actor Leon Lai, flocked to Sydney's historic Royal Hall of Industries for the event.

The awards were won by Ed & Jill Hundy of Windradeen Farm. An impressive herd of fashionistas aside, the brand also booked more than 60 models for the fashion show of its latest autumn-winter collection, and its capsule line, Australian Celebration Collection. The grand after-party was spun by the finest Aussie DJs, Alex Dimitriades and Robyn Lawley, while indie-pop band Temper Trap provided entertainment.


CHIC CHAT with Leon Lai

What qualities do you look for when you shop for suits?
I look for suits that have a perfect fit, not too loose or too slim, to maintain a sophisticated vibe. I also look for different materials for different seasons.

Tell us about your top three closet staples.
A well-tailored suit is a must for every man; chinos for utmost comfort; and shirts, in various cuts and tones, for both formal and smart casual occasions.

Do you have a favourite look from Zegna’s autumn-winter collection?
Quite a few suits and some smart casual looks caught my attention, but I’m particularly impressed by the Australian Celebration Collection. I like the overall tone and the cut very much.

Have you thought about designing in collaboration with the brand?
Although I’m not a fashion expert, I would love any opportunity that involves creativity. If I could collaborate with the Zegna team, I believe there will be interesting chemistry.