Full of fluid, airy fabrics and zero padding at the shoulder Giorgio Armani’s latest collection was aimed at a changing customer.
Trousers came in carrot and wide-leg shapes — some so breezy they could have doubled as pajama bottoms — and were done in swooshy silk, cotton and linen. Some were printed, their patterns inspired by painted wall tiles in the Caribbean, while others came in solid tones of distressed or sun-faded gray, powder or denim blue and dark red.
He balanced the trousers’ volumes with a host of snug jackets in featherweight linen, knit, textured cotton and seersucker. Some were cropped and boxy with a workwear feel. Others had patch pockets in a nod to safari styles, while still others doubled as shirts, as in one with a faded windowpane check.
Armani’s nod to evening came in a lineup of dark blue jackets with black lapels and wide trousers. It was an elegant segment, and there will no doubt be a host of men out there prepared to hang up their skinny trousers and exhale.