Armani puts men and women together on the catwalk

Designer blurs the line between menswear and womenswear collections with black velvet and trouser suits

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 March, 2016, 3:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 March, 2016, 3:00pm

A few hours after Leonardo DiCaprio, wearing an elegant tux by his friend Giorgio Armani, received his long-awaited best actor award at the Oscars for his gritty performance in The Revenant, the designer was for the first time showing menswear alongside his women’s fashion on the Milan catwalk. Shadowing models in sophisticated velvet trouser suits were male chaperones in sporty velvet looks.

Black velvet was the central theme and trouser suits, cut in multifarious ways, were the anchor outfits. Armani used it in daywear looks and dressed it up Oscar style with black tie details. There were soft harem-shaped pants with side pleats inset with nude silk. There were swishy velvet opera capes and starry strapless evening gowns, some in laser-cut velvet with a smattering of beading. Cate Blanchett wore pale blue Armani ruffles and Charlotte Rampling a column dress for the Armani Prive collection.

Armani tapped into the Milan trend for Prince of Wales checks, and experimented with street styling by contrasting pale Impressionistic florals with jacquard weave jackets and floral print lace-up shoes.

Given fashion’s current hot debate on merging future men’s and womenswear shows, Armani demonstrated its potential.