May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Milan: Although Giorgio Armani is certainly refined, he is not exactly a minimalist nor a futurist, but for S/S 13 much of his mainline collection could be called both. Nipped waist jackets and ankle-grazing wide leg trousers rendered in silvery grey organza and silk were paired with sporty oxfords and briefcase bags for a monochrome look that would be at home in a retro sci-fi movie like Gattica. Eveningwear could’ve also come from the future by way of the 40s, with abstracted snakeskin repeat patterns, beaded tunic dresses layered atop satin pants and celestial embroidery. Stargazing was most certainly on Armani’s mind this season as he closed his presentation by mimicking the night sky with glinting, hypnotic points of light, summing up this gorgeous and forward thinking vision of fashion beyond our galactic limitations.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Relaxed / A-line / Lean & layered / Fluid
Color: Dove grey / Gunmetal / Cobalt / Silvery hematite / Sky blue / Aqua / Mint / Teal / White / Navy / Black
Key Items: Raw cut silk pants / Relaxed transparent coats / Cropped jackets / Leather jackets with surface texture / Tunic dresses over pants / Rounded shorts / Silk tunic tops / Beaded sheath dresses / Satin evening trousers
Materials: Organza / Lightweight leather / Basketweave silk / Stiff chiffon / Summer tweeds / Satin / Sheer printed silks
Print + Pattern: Grids / Abstract swirls / Blurry snakeskin repeats / Fuzzy leopard spots / Starbursts / Spheres
Details + Trim: Gathered drawstring hems / Placket hems / Square leather paillettes / Rigid peplums / Patent leather trim / Pleating / Beading / Painted studs / Beaded mesh
Accessories + Footwear: Streamlined sporty oxfords / Linen hair accessories / Slim briefcase bags / Zippered wallet cases / Wide patterned belts / Tote bags / Molded clutches / Organza scarf belts / Flat strappy sandals / Crystal brooches / Geometric butterfly necklaces / Jewel belts / Crystal embellished sandals
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