A cosy, chic collection
The Giorgio Armani autumn-winter show at Milan Fashion Week Men’s was everything you might expect, and more. As ever, the show space itself was dark and slick, with transparent recycled plexiglass sculptures in the centre of the runway to represent melting ice, while large screens displayed a gentle snow shower.
Yes, the setting was perfect for Giorgio Armani’s heavy-duty winterwear and ski jackets, with each said to be designed for lightness and practicality, offering striking looks and high-end materials. The name of the show was Tactile Impressions, which summed up the collection nicely.
As the models stepped out into the spotlight, we saw the fluidity of a jacket cut like a cardigan, combined with trousers hemmed at the cuffs, and a velvet turtleneck sweater, promoting a degree of formality. The relaxed tailoring softened the precision of the Nerhu jackets, while wraparound coats with shawl collars, and overcoats striped in the style of blankets, offered something slightly different.
Everything has been stripped down to its essence, light in weight and free of rigidity, with dense mountain wool, jacquard matting, bouclé and velvet among the materials used. The colour range offers natural tones of khaki green, sand, earthy brown and grey, alongside deep shades of black and blue. Square dots and abstract drops of paisley hint at the exotic.
Find the new collection in stores later this year, and online. Branches of Giorgio Armani can be found in malls throughout the Middle East.