The epic Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani, the witness and active participant of fashion modulations and fluctuations since 1975, is faithfully overdosing us first with his Emporio Armani spring lineup and now with the Giorgio Armani spring/summer 2016 collection and frankly speaking we have nothing to do but heartily thank him, lie back and enjoy the process of fashion planet gradually becoming more and more exquisite and luxurious. Mr. Armani’s long-term experience and inbred sense of style are revealed in every single detail of his runway shows, starting from the catwalk decorations and the selection of accompanying music to the impeccable fabrics and those masterpieces that they are converted into.
The beating lounge music and the floral panel stretching along the catwalk are sweet-sounding with the models’ intriguing attitude and the impeccably designed pieces nonchalantly hugging their bodies. In contrast to other designers clustering the brand’s iconic pieces and turning the runway into a nostalgic venue while celebrating their anniversaries, Mr. Armani is obviously thinking out of the box. The 81-year-old Italian designer keeps on celebrating the brand’s 40th anniversary launching a biography book and a fascinating collection that is rather reminiscent of his future-oriented personality than of the brand’s prior gains. That is why the “Fil Rouge” collection is awash with juvenile, modern and flirty vibes. Even his iconic blazers are adapted with the contemporary life petrifying us with their eight-button design at the hems in lieu of traditional one-button variant or with an innovational fastening knot on a powder blue blazer.
The milestone of the Giorgio Armani spring 2016 lineup as could be guessed from its title is the color red with all its shades possible – electric crimson, Rosso corsa, Venetian red and scarlet. Now add glittering sequins and beads on the red color and a bombarding effect right on the catwalk is guaranteed. The nautical theme present in the entire collection can be observed even with the naked eye. Stripes of different shapes and different shades are swaying the scepter. They come to be red-white like on a long-sleeved top or colorfully tiny like on a handful of bags and shoes or sparkling like on a navy-red embellished-with-sequins top and even in the form of long tassels stretching along the ensemble and serving as the collar and the necklace at the same time.
The king of the lineup is evidently stripe but not a monarch, that’s for sure. Polka dots, ikat prints, geometrical patterns and floral motifs are peacefully living next to the powerful stripes resting on a range of numbers. The whole collection screams “Open your sensual legs!” This is a show of organza flared miniskirts intended for petite girls, mini dresses with plunging necklines or strapless heart-shaped hemlines and denim blue shorts styled with stoned belts more often matched with boxy blazers or jackets and flaring pants that are necessarily from organza to demonstrate the female muscular legs.
Mr. Armani is giving us a hint that sleek side-swept bangs gently hiding one eye are so mysterious and provocative especially if you are smiling so cunningly at passer-byes. Even more intriguing are the flying-saucers-like red striped hats that are to completely disguise the woman’s charming eyes demonstrating only her cunning smile. Colorful clutches and bags, high-heeled and flat footwear with round toes, long hanging earrings and little silk fringed scarves and necklaces used at the same time are threating to become our springtime favorites.
As always Mr. Armani knows how to finalize the show on a beautiful note and he forwards down the runway three magical ball dresses with one sleeve and strapless designs, embellished with beads and featuring some red details, which are playfully moving on the models’ bodies. We are trying to linger with pleasure but then it is totally dark. Mr. Armani is on.
Photos courtesy of Vogue