For his 40th anniversary as one of Italy’s premier fashion designers, Giorgio Armani doubled-down on celebrations with a festive runway presentation for Spring/Summer 2016 and the release of his first-ever book — eponymously titled, of course. Over the decades, Armani has provided women with polished suiting, but this season his signature looks received a more youthful update with trousers swapped out for chic Bermuda shorts and snakeskin jackets splattered with paint. The brand’s ‘Fil Rouge’ collection features a shocking amount of red in a range of hues from the lacquered to the subdued, which collided with a navy and white palette that spoke to a nautical theme. Although Milan Fashion Week has been rife with aquatic references, Armani’s version was festive and breezy — more along the lines of what a jetsetter would wear to a regatta race than something strictly sailor-inspired. With a light-hearted touch, the designer sent fresh suits and tactile knitwear down the runway, which teased out the collection’s playful side. Along more youthful lines, he crafted silky rompers and flirty skirts, which were puckered along a small ruffle waistband. Among the more serious statement makers were stunning scaly leather vests and pieced-together jackets made from dozens of strips of leather. Textural accents supported an undercurrent of artistry, especially in the case of fringed neck pieces, multi-colored sculpted bodices, and a glittering duo of closing gowns that featured a dusting of tiny mirrored paillettes. Not only was this a fine note to end Milan Fashion Week on, but it was also a remarkably fresh collection from one of the industry’s most legendary designers.
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