Giorgio Armani closed Milan Fashion Week with a silent show. The designer to the decision to remove any music as a sign of respect for those who are suffering in Ukraine due to the conflict with Russia.
The terrible events in Ukraine have been an underlying issue throughout the weeks shows with many demonstrations taking place across the city in support of Ukraine. Armani, who is known for his sensitivity around global events (he was the first to cancel his runway show during 2020 when the pandemic hit), wanted to highlight that this is not a time to celebrate. The eerie atmosphere in the show space highlighted the immense scale of this tragedy and offered a moment of the harsh reality those affected are going through.
The collection which was quite fittingly titled “Signs of Light”, saw Armani return to the signs that identify his style. Softness was expressed through fluid and elongated silhouettes, while precision and a sense of elegance came from the sharp cuts and understated detailing.
Giorgio Armani has always had a passion for Art Deco and this was reflected in the set design which saw everything sparkling with silvery lights and brilliant colours and a sense of geometry.
This too was reflected in the clothing with saw jackets and trousers drawing clear-cut figures, touches of faux fur and lashings of velvet which really became the fabric that defines this collection. As the light catches this elegant fabric we see the glamorous side of the designs take its rightful recognition.
For the men’s collection, there was also an elegant glow thanks to the choice of fabrics. Again velvet offered softness and cashmere created a luxurious effect. Tailoring was relaxed and fluid offering comfort and style. Accessories came in the form of lug shoes and architectural bags. The colour palette was rich ranging from deep blue to dense grey to black with flashes of green throughout.
An unforgettable moment that will make this Milan Fashion Week one to remember forever.
See more of the collection below: