The worlds of Giorgio Armani seem to be melding together. Yesterday his Emporio Armani collection was a study on how to make sportswear more refined. Today with his signature menswear collection the designer gave his clothing a sportswear slant. The over sixty looks in the show turned around the idea of calm and comfortable clothing, in soothing tones of taupe, gray and deep blues, that still had an undercurrent of sophistication.
Armani didn’t leave anything to chance. You can have a jacket with a single button or six buttons (or any number in-between). You can have your pants pleated at the front and tapered to the ankle (the number one trouser option for next summer) or you can go with the flat front alternative. Looking for shorts? Armani has decided knee length is what you will need/want next summer. Knitwear should have some geometric attitude and nothing can spiffy up an outfit better then a vest, preferably fitted over a naked torso.
Where Armani pushed himself this season was in the details. Zippers that sliced open the neckline of a sweater or stood out boldly on a fitted jacket seemed fresh. The use of leather for tab closures on jackets or added to the lapels of a coat created an interesting disparity. Even the thick soled shoes in contrasting colors looked modern.
This collection illustrated how Armani is capable of satisfying the craving of every man who is looking for a timeless way to dress.