The one thing that really had the audience buzzing at the Giorgio Armani show, which marked the end of Milan Fashion Week, was the pants. The designer came up with a trouser silhouette that looked original, odd and undeniably appealing.
He morphed a wrap front skirt into slim pants that were constructed so that the hem of the skirt grew out from the knees of the trousers to swathe the waistline. It was a silhouette that could hide a multitude of sins.
Now the question is what to call this new sartorial creature. Suggestions are welcome.
The fluid nature of these pants — how seamlessly they moved from being one thing into another — was at the heart of this show. Throughout the presentation, Armani gave his designs an impression of movement and a sense of ease.
This was conveyed through the use of the colorful bleeding watercolor-esque brush stroke prints seen at the start of his show, through the relaxed knit double-breasted blazers, the fluffy icy blue shearling coats, and some sleeveless zip up shell tops that spilled out from the collar into cropped vests. The ocean blue color palette of the collection also helped to associate the show with motion.
The only time the sensation stopped was when a series of evening offerings, that consisted of black velvet trousers that used wide obi/cummerbund belts to link the look to cropped amorphic tops, took a turn on the runway.
But the designer smartly returned to his undulating and easy wardrobe offerings. Finishing off in style with some shimmering wrap fronted dresses featuring a band of black velvet arching up and over the curve of one hip.