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Giorgio Armani

Autumn 12

Mr Armani titled his autumn 12 collection ‘easy chic’ – through his eyes this translated as asymmetric fedoras, Frisbee-sized flat flowers in lapels, trouser suits and burning saturated colour. If that sounds like an odd combo, it was. The minimal grey suits that started the show were classic Armani, their simplicity echoing the designer’s trademark silhouette. But the gargantuan corsage and fedora combo made it almost cartoonish while the flat pointed Oxford shoes were unflattering, making the transition to the eye-wateringly bright colour of the rest of the collection difficult: the fluoro pink, orange and coral was alarming next to the sober grey. Styling aside, the basic dresses had commercial appeal, while under some of the more outlandish pieces were separates that weren’t particularly inspiring but will sell well. And there isn’t a brand in Milan that does that as well as Armani.

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