The looks from the Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 collection were divided between the concept of the professional, yet impeccably dressed woman and the Grecian-like siren chiseled in marble. The first half of the show saw women in long sleeved silk and satin blouses (sometimes printed, other times in one solid colour). The blouses were paired with precisely cut, slim trousers. Every look had a shiny translucence to it with the fabric sparkling under the runway lights as if it were the sea hit by moonlight. Shimmering satin blazers in silver, black and navy were designed without labels and buttons to give the piece an utterly feminine appeal.
Finishing features included knee length coats, black beach hats with oversized bows characteristic of the European seaside circa 1950 and Willy Wonka-esque circular sunglasses for a bit of that strangeness so sought out by today's avant-garde fashionistas.
Trousers with side slits were appropriately light and airy for next summer and handbags with a mother of pearl like stone accent added that feminine flair against these androgynous cuts.
The second half of Giorgio Armani looked like it had come out of Rome’s Capitoline Museum, sculptures of Greek goddesses and nymphs became flesh and fabric in flattering, curve encapsulating tall dresses crafted in elegant silk. The show ended with three models walking the runway together playing the part of Mr. Armani’s three graces clad in resplendent white and silvery beads and crystals. A glittering success!
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