Giorgio Armani’s latest collection exhibits so much of the designer’s signature ease, it’s almost hard to think that the clothes were inspired by the notion of clashing cultures. But they were. The effortless looks in fact represent a man who embraces change determinedly, with a medley of shapes, purposely worn-looking natural fabrics, and Caribbean-inspired geometric motifs. He’s both exotic and metropolitan (just look to those smart patterned blazers for proof) at once.
Practical fibres like linen and cotton are woven to enhance their strength and firmness, and juxtaposed with silk that allows the tailored looks to have light, deconstructed silhouettes. Also adding to the collection’s softness: knitwear tops, loose and pleated trousers, and leather that is slightly slouchy and stripped down to look like fabric. The colour palette is complementary and romantic, with wine red and bleached blues mingling with masculine greys and natural shades like ecru.