There is really not a lot to say to say about this Giorgio Armani collection for fall 2013. Mr. Armani merely adds a “dialect” if you will to his already well-established vocabulary. He merely tweaks what he has done and presents it as new and while so many designers feel they are capable of the same maneuver, sorry to say 99% of them are not up to the task.
This season, the silhouette is lean and defined with all the
signature flourishes that make up his collections. We have pinstripes,
velvets, tweeds, knits, quilting, shawl collars and a variety of
proportions which is what makes the collection so stylish. It is not
only about the abbreviated or shrunken proportions but it is also about
the classically elegant proportions that define the Armani customer. As
you see in the slide show, classic doesn’t dictate boring or bland.
The clothes quietly scream rather than shriek out loud like so many
others that are trying to be what they are not… tasteful!
So, there are not a lot of surprises here as Mr. Armani is all about
evolution and expanding his vocabulary without causing much of a stir.
His collections feed off of each other and are extensions but with the
subtle design nuances that are employed by a man who is in control of
his destiny and no longer worried about fitting in or being on trend.
No doubt, there will be his detractors who will call the collection
more of the same but then again, I would so much prefer this than to
have seen a pile of useless, unwearable, unattractive and ill
proportioned clothes which will find their destiny by September of this
year………. The markdown rack!
In a contest between Armani and some terminally trendoidal
collection, which look like yesterday’s news within one year of its
single wearing, I’ ll take this, hands down, and keep it for as long
as it fits and as long as it holds out.