Armani is a classicist, who despite renegotiating proportions never changes the range of garments synonymous with his signature style. In other words, the designer who is often referred to as a ‘design colonialist’ likes to reinvent what he does best, namely, rigorously tailored pant suits, sharply fitted jackets, and embellished evening pieces. In this regard Armani’s spring 2006 collection was no exception.
Armani started off with a simple yet strong trouser-suit ensemble; adorned with a single lettuce edge chiffon lapel. Then, shrunken little jackets, slashed above the waist, paired with slacks, tiered and tulip skirts, made their appearance. The maestro’s bid for a contemporary edge came in the form of asymmetrical voluminous coats boasting outsized revers and knit cardigans fastened with multiple straps of differing lengths.
As is his tradition, Armani delivered his punch line when he sent out a long procession of shimmering goddess gowns. Constructed to accentuate feminine curves with a statuesque twist, these red carpet dazzlers were feminine and glamorous. The intricately beaded and embroidered chiffon and tulle sheaths layered over these occasion dresses toned down their sculptural feel with a delicate touch.