Armani gracefully closes Milan Fashion Week


MILAN – It was one of the trends to emerge on the runway at Milan Fashion Week this season, one of the clear trends emerging from a week of previews of mostly women’s collections for next fall and winter.

Wherever there is a trend, there is always a countercurrent, and championing what he described as “the dignity of women” was Giorgio Armani. Where sheer fabrics were employed in his collection, it was with modesty.

The Armani show ended fashion week on Sunday. Here are highlights from the final day of live shows:


With swirls of colorful taffeta and satin gathered in crushed roses, Japanese designer Tomo Koizumi put a smiley face on a rainy Sunday.

The exuberant looks were splashes of color molded into ruffles in a minidress constructed with mesh stripes, elaborate skirts and dresses with southern silhouettes. These are occasion pieces that would be standouts on any red carpet or party stage; imagine the lucky girl wearing one to prom.

The show was in collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana, which supplied fabrics, as well as handbags and shoes, Koizumi said. He transformed a print from one of the Italian house’s recent collections into a series of 3-D floral creations.

“I was inspired by Dolce & Gabbana and also received powerful support, which allowed me to push myself even further,” said Koizumi.

Koizumi also divulged his dream: “To be hired as the creative director of a big fashion house”.


Giorgio Armani has once again given the fashion world a glimpse of idealized life within the majestic palaces of Milan, inhabited by women for whom dressing comfortably and stylishly is not a contradiction.

Satin loungewear in muted earth tones flowed the form and was based on more structured pieces like leather biker jackets or contrasting black vests. The looks were elegantly layered, with long dresses over sheer ribbed pants hinting at lingerie.

Where sheer fabrics were employed, it was modestly, for example, over dark tights, and with a velvet bandeau top.

Beaded fringes, velvet bows and a floral motif enhanced the collection’s femininity. And before the Armani woman goes out into the street, one last touch of face powder…

Armani said the collection is about “the dignity of women, dressed with great care and attention, and who take pleasure in dressing up”.

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