Flashback to two years ago when the COVID-19 contamination curve was starting to grow, Armani was the very first luxury house to cancel its fashion shows. Now, in light of the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine, the brand was also the first to make its voice heard, parading his signature Fall/Winter 2022 collection without music. Thus, the Giorgio Armani show opened with a voice reading a statement from the designer in English: “My decision not to use any music in the show was made as a sign of respect to the people affected by the evolving tragedy”.
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While a sense of solemnity and sadness filled the intimate underground runway on Via Borgonuovo, the silence somehow accentuated the softness and delicacy of the garments, many of which were cut from velvet this season.
Inspired by the 1930s, Giorgio Armani’s collection gave new meaning to a “sense of elegance created by renouncing the superfluous, rather than excess”. This austere mentality seemed surprisingly appropriate for the moment. Skillfully tailored short fitted jackets were paired with flowing velvet pants, ice blue tuxedos with cargo pants and soft velvet coats while the color palette is typically Armani, with navy blues, dusty pinks, muted silver and white hues.
As for Giorgio Armani’s passion for Art Deco, it came through in all the shiny black and silver surfaces and geometric brocades.
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