It doesn't take much to get the fashion pack excited - we're a giddy bunch, especially at the last show of the 6-day Milan fashion week. But when rumour started circulating yesterday pre the Giorgio Armani S/S '11 show that George Clooney (the world's most handsome man, no less) was going to be gracing the FROW, there was a new level of heightened giddiness in some sections of the audience (I, for one, came over a bit queer!). So imagine the crushing disappointment when we realised that Gorgeous George was coming to the 4pm show and we were at the 3pm... Devestating!
The collection, aptly named 'La Femme Bleue', was entirely midnight navy. Using just one colour is a gamble for any designer, but Mr Armani bypassed any sameyness by introducing multiple textures; feather-light chiffon, liquid satin, sparkling sequins and crystals and matte wool all featured. Layers too played a part; skirts and dresses were shown worn over slim line trousers and chiffon T-shirts fluttered out under shorter fitted jackets.
Each outfit was accesorized with a nest turban secured with a floral corsage (both in midnight blue, naturally), inspired, according to the show notes, by 'the Tuareg, blue nomads of the desert', which made sense of the black and white film depicting undulating sand dunes that was shown on the catwalk's backdrop.
Aside the monotone pallette, the other recurring theme of this collection was exposed shoulders. Strapless and one shoulder gowns, mostly worn with flat point toe evening slippers that cuffed the ankle, were the strongest looks of the collection.
The Spring/Summer '11 collection harks back to the simple lines of the Giorgio Armani of the early 90's, yet it delivered clothes that would fit right into a chic modern woman's wardrobe.
- Siobhan Mallen in Milan