Creative minds seem to be fully transfixed on space-age tropes this season. Versace and Calvin Klein have been singing a similar intergalactic tune – but in their own proper pukka permutation – and Armani has had a smash at it, too.
Boys first came out in pairs. Skiing seemed to be on the cards. And their trousers, hoods and jackets were in a metallic, foil-like silver. Space-age doesn’t just mean astronaut-esque fabrications either. Armani opted for futuristic utilitarian, a minimalist, modernist approach to typical winter garms: three-quarter length coats, plain; single-breasted jackets had their lapels ditched, replaced by mandarin collars that evoked Star Trek vibes; others had hidden, asymmetric fastenings and wing collars; whilst some looks came with padded, one-shoulder pieces.
Constructions like these verge on the edge of gimmicky; Armani’s knowledge and knack of tailoring, however, kept it polished and highly covetable. Towards the end you had full-look leathers that would’ve made Neo from The Matrix swoon. Proof that Armani may have his feet on the ground but he’s looking to the stars.
GALLERYBackstage images from Emporio Armani FW16