There were no show notes, just one line projected onto the screen above the runway: Made in Armani.
The phrase captured the spirit of the collection, which was signature Giorgio, with a subdued color palette — 50 shades of light gray — and many of the designer’s greatest hits. Carrot trousers, curve-hugging tailored jackets, languid workwear styles, and Far Eastern-inspired silhouettes all took a turn on the runway.
In a season when some of Milan’s biggest names in men’s wear either didn’t take part to opt for coed shows in September, or lost their rhythm and wobbled, Armani stuck to what he knows best — and sent it down the runway over and over again. The show opened with a long and elegant feather light coat in watery gray, and ended with a chic lineup of all-white suits, some of them in seersucker, others with two buttons or three buttons, shawl collars or narrow peaked lapels.
In between there was much texture and surface interest — a crinkly coppery fabric for a bomber jacket; shiny gray-white tailored jackets with subtle plaid patterns; a loose jacket with patch pockets and tailored tracksuit bottoms (no sloppy street wear here); wrinkled seersucker, and a shadowy argyle jacquard, both for tailored jackets.
Armani worked with ultra-lightweight silks, too, for snug shirts or pajama-style tops layered under boxy tailored jackets. This man can make a suit, and most importantly his suits make a man look great. That simple.
More From Milan Men’s Spring 2018 Collections:
Prada Men’s Spring 2018: All the quirk and romance of the fall collection was swept away – in a moment – by Miuccia Prada, who sent her preppy nerds and rustic hippies packing.
Tom Ford Men’s Spring 2018: It’s a bright, bright sunshiny spring for Tom Ford, whose collection was filled with hot Mediterranean tones.
Salvatore Ferragamo Men’s Spring 2018: A summer on the Italian Riviera inspired Guillaume Meilland’s young and effortless chic collection.
MSGM Men’s Spring 2018: The youthful, upbeat collection confirmed Massimo Giorgetti’s status as a key player in Milan’s new guard.
Versace Men’s Spring 2018: It was vintage Versace through the Millennial lens, and those who are already fans won’t be let down. But there could have been so much more.