Monday, February 29, 2016

Giorgio Armani Fall 2016 Milano MFW



Duh oh!! No trend is the trend unless of course you consider that Giorgio Armani is his own trend which he adheres to and massages season after season. Some of the faux critics will decry this as old and been there done that and even some of the so called media elite will find fault but the fact remains that this is a man who knows his client, has a signature and keeps the words like slick, tasty, fashionable, luxe, soigne, urbane and all of those so called antediluvian descriptors.. Well he keeps them in the fashion lexicon!

 
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Armani is trend-less yet never endingly inventive season after season. Whether you like it or not is no the issue but one cannot deny that these are clothes that are meant to be worn. He offers a virtual smorgasbord of jackets and always with that little nuance introduced like the contrast flap pockets or lapel treatments, he overindulges in velvet like no one else but then again, once upon a time velvet was an integral part of EVERY European fall collection. The silhouettes are trim without being second skin, pants are pervasive, even when worn under a dress and then of course this was a collection that back in black! There is his penchant for exquisite fabrications, his spartan styling this season and even the models were reflective of the clothes. In essence, no prepubescent girls and no men who looked like they hadn’t had their first shave yet. If you can’t tell, I am much happier with no trend than with those pretend that trend is fashion and hide behind a press release!


 
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Armani is an acquired taste, no doubt, but he is astoundingly consistent in his message and he has stayed his course no matter what anyone has ever said about his collections. He remains a designer in charge of a mega business that bucks no interference from critics or big business boards and so I say qui รจ il re... look it up!

 
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PS .. just so you don’t think I am blindly fawning here.. I really could have lived without the Dufy-esque prints!