Photographed by Mario Testino models Joan Smalls and Raquel Zimmermann don the season’s new suits for a smoldering art tour of the eternal city.

3-4-2013 2-24-05 PMThe old Centrale Montemartini station is now an outpost of the city’s Capitoline Museums. Joan Smalls wears a Mulberry jacquard jacket, silk shirt and jacquard trousers. Raquel Zimmermann wears an Oscar de la Renta guipure jacket and dress.

3-4-2013 2-25-39 PMBoth feminine and masculine renditions of the suit—from a wasp-waisted skirt and a matching print jacket to a classic dinner ensemble—are stepping up. On Zimmermann: Marni jacket and skirt. On Smalls: Ralph Lauren Collection jacket and tuxedo pants.

3-4-2013 2-30-06 PMThere’s room for play beneath a broad-brimmed hat. On Smalls: Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane pin-striped jacket, pants and hat; Saint Laurent, NYC. On Zimmermann: Dolce & Gabbana cropped jacket and skirt; Dolce & Gabbana boutiques. On both: Tiffany & Co. rings.

3-4-2013 2-24-56 PMSmalls (in a Burberry Prorsum suit) and Zimmerman (in Proenza Schouler, with a Bally bag) at the Gagosian Gallery in Rome, backed by Rachel Feinstein’s artworks.

3-4-2013 2-28-08 PMFrom trousers cropped at the ankle to artfully frayed hemlines, new silhouettes and finishes are worth flaunting. On Zimmermann: Donna Karan New York jacket and skirt. Ashley Pittman Collection bangles. On Smalls: Versace blazer and pants.

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Clothing in classical sculpture is always elegant undone – much like certain blazers. On Smalls: Calvin Klein Collection jacket and cuffed pants Calvin Klein Collection, NYC. Marc Jacobs bag. On Zimmermann: Miu Miu jacket and skirt.

3-4-2013 2-32-01 PMLouis Vuitton’s new suit steals a checkerboard motif from one of the house’s signature prints—an elegant foil to traditional pinstripes. On Smalls: Giorgio Armani jacket, vest and trousers. On Zimmermann: Louis Vuitton jacket and skirt. Miu Miu handbag.

3-4-2013 2-33-05 PMThe Stadio dei Marmi was designed in the 1920s to promote physical development—a legacy that’s being reinterpreted anew each day. On Zimmermann: Chanel jacket and culottes. Delfina Delettrez bracelet. On Smalls: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci sleeveless jacket, skirt and pants.

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