On Monday, Giorgio Armani showed a strong collection to close astrong Milan season. (Which is not to say it couldn’t and shouldn’t beat least a day shorter. New York is too long due to too many shows oftoo little importance. Here, the first and last days had very littlegoing on.)


There was plenty to see at Armani, which the designer dubbed“Easy Chic.” The refined tailoring provided the chic, he said before theshow, with a flats-only approach for shoes delivering the ease. Theclothes featured a strong men’s wear current, but rendered with a lighthand; every ensemble was topped off by an audacious fedora, and vibrantorange and fuchsia ran throughout. He opened with sleek gray pantslooks, as suits and in combination with tops in vibrant solids orgraphic prints. He then moved on to his primary motif: light, evenfestive pieces over snappy man-tailored walking shorts. These proved theanchor for Armani’s diversified offerings, from ladylike jackets tofit-and-flare coats to a number of Bohemian furs — shearling, rabbit andfaux. Skirts were cut for ease of movement, and to allow for sightingsof the shorts worn beneath. The integration of numerous textures andweights kept everything interesting.

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