Giorgio Armani Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2013 Milan
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The Giorgio Armani universe is all encompassing. The designer’s sartorial reach across the globe and his influence on the foundation of fashion is irrefutable.

At his show on Sunday night the designer confirmed these points in two ways. First, he debuted an exhibition of his dresses, inside his mammoth Armani Teatro headquarters called Eccentrico. The selection of gowns, from the 1990s to today, were chosen to illustrate that Armani knows how to design much more than just finely tailored suits in muted hues. And to the end it was a success- if the gasps of surprise of those taking in the exhibit were any indication. The collection included a group of Lady Gaga dresses which confirm that Armani is a designer who is up to speed on current cultural phenomenons.

The second way Armani illustrated his reach was through his “out of this world” spring/summer collection. That is to say the show, titled Kaleidoscope, looked to the sky- its heavenly bodies, shimmering stars and moonlight- for inspiration. It was a collection shaded in silvery grays, pearly whites, midnight blues, and pitch black, that had a languid elegance.

One of the designers preferred shapes in this show were the tunic tops, almost dresses really, which were worn with fluid silk pants. Sometimes a short tailored jacket would be featured with a part of wide cut shorts, but this collection was all about long lines, geometric embellishments and forgiving shapes.

As the show progressed the references to the firmament firmed up. There were the printed silk pieces cut into everything from pants to entire outfits that glowed as if covered in far away stars. Shimmering beaded velvet jackets and dresses were other ways the designer implied his atmospheric inspiration. If there was anyone in the audience that did not get the message, well the final look, which came out surrounded by a halo of silver metal stars, left nothing to chance.

This heaven sent show will make it possible for women to wrap themselves up in the comfort of the cosmos.

- Jessica Michault

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