Milan: Giorgio Armani paid tribute to nature in his main line’s spring collection on Saturday, using earthy tones and floral prints, while Missoni added an easy summer feeling to Milan Fashion Week.
The 85-year-old Armani, affectionately called “King Giorgio” in his native Italy, kicked off his “Earth” Spring/Summer 2020 show with his trademark trouser suits, presenting short jackets with round collars and shoulders.
In an intimate courtyard setting, models strutted in slim or loose trousers, sometimes silky with zips, flowing or slit skirts and organza parkas that had bows at the front.
Initial earthy tones in brown, dark blue and grey lightened to paler blues on suits, waistcoats and sleeveless tops, and the collection ended in light pink and grey shimmering evening wear.
“According to legend, all that remained of the nymph Echo was her voice: she was immaterial,” Armani said in show notes.
“It is a metaphor of femininity but also the representation of a gradual lightening and a link with nature’s elements, filtered down through creativity and imagination.”
One of the most recognisable names in fashion, Armani, who greeted audiences dressed in a white shirt and dark blazer at the end of the show, put floral prints on some designs - sometimes almost faded, creating a mirage-like effect.
The designer, known for his clean and elegant cuts, decorated sheer organza tops with embroidered flowers or floral collars. Evening coats in soft pastels featured sparkling embroidery and were worn with trousers.