MFW Day Six: Giorgio Armani Fall/Winter 2017

Giorgio Armani FW17 backstage
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For over 40 years, Giorgio Armani has built an empire by reworking menswear for the modern woman, defining the silhouette of the 80s first by packing his tailored jackets with shoulder pads, and then removing them later on for a sleeker, more relaxed silhouette. With runways across the world united in their obsession with the suit for 2017, Armani is already leagues ahead of the pack – this is his lane. For that reason, his suits were incredibly inventive, combing plissé and silky cocooning details to create a skirt-like silhouette on the bottom. He stuck to soft shoulders, complimented by luxurious fabrics like velvet and produced a range of toppers in sporty, color-blocked, tinseled, and mohair styles. Cap-sleeved eveningwear displayed a tomboyish attitude, but Armani’s tomboy is a little flashy and unafraid of bedazzled sequin exteriors. A fully embroidered look, replete with gypsy cap and beaded necklaces, closed the show, putting a little distance between Armani’s red carpet fare and daywear selections. Nonetheless, the fit and flow of his modernized suits are a strong case for his supremacy at tailored menswear.

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