The king is alive and well.
Just after his men’s spring show which marked for the creator the return to the physical format, Giorgio Armani gathered journalists under a kiosk in the garden of his building on Via Borgonuovo in Milan to reassure them about his physical condition. Twenty days ago, the creator fell down the stairs of a local cinema and broke his left shoulder. “You can’t imagine the pain,” he said, showing a big scar down his arm.
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Despite the struggles, the designer was back for fashion week and on Monday night in Milan he bowed out as he held the hand of longtime collaborator Leo Dell’Orco, who works with him on the line for men. Indeed, Armani praised the work of Dell’Orco and his niece Silvana Armani, who is at his side on the women’s line. “I prepare my future with the people around me,” said Armani, hinting that the two will play a key role in the future development of the company.
However, Armani with this show has shown that he remains firmly at the helm of his empire. And despite his aversion to the idea of trends – a concept he once again reiterated in the post-show reunion – his take on menswear over the past few decades has never been as hot as it is. it is today.
In a world where ease and ease come back center stage, Armani’s signature sense of style is extremely relevant. The casual elegance of the designer may be the real option for men who want to embrace comfort without giving up sophistication. “A man should always maintain his attractiveness,” said Armani, and the models who walked down his last runway had plenty of them.
A feeling of overall lightness resonated throughout the collection. This influenced the choice of materials – tactile but featherweight – as well as the fluidity of the silhouettes and the refreshing vibe of the color palette, where neutrals were juxtaposed with summery touches of electric blue, emerald green and red.
Deconstructed suits sit alongside charming separate sets, where pleated pants or Bermuda shorts are matched with languid blazers, but also overshirts and bombers made from tailored fabrics.
The intarsia sweaters revealed delicate graphics inspired by the world of nature, which also influenced the patterns dotting the cardigans, while the silk was designed for the elegant shirts that, at night, tucked into pants, like the suggested Armani, can be worn without blazers for a streamlined grip. in evening dress.
Armani, who in February 2020 was the first to decide to hold their Fall 2020 show behind closed doors to limit rapidly rising coronavirus infections in Milan during fashion week, closed the show with some models wearing face masks. “It’s a reminder that the pandemic is not over. Hopefully things will improve, but now is not the time to let our guard down. Certainly words of wisdom.
Launch gallery: Giorgio Armani Homme Spring 2022
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