For my first-ever Giorgio Armani show I have to admit I was expecting something a little more red-carpet-worthy glam. Maybe it was just the post-Oscars buzz, or maybe it’s the fact that Armani has built a name for itself on gorgeous, couture-like gowns–but in any case, the designer had something else in store for Fall 2012, namely a collection rooted in menswear and far more appropriate for the daytime than any red carpet.
Coco Rocha opened the show in a tweed grey suit, huge flower lapel pin, and cocked fedora, which totally reminded us of something Nucky Thompson might wear on Boardwalk Empire. The looks transitioned into something a little more feminine–the suit’s blazer was ditched, in favor of pretty bright pink tops–but the askew hats, worn throughout the collection, kept the prohibition-era gangster vibe.
Most of the basics in the collection–a tailored suit or a structured coat, for example–stuck to a neutral palette of grey or, more often the case, black. But where there was color, it was bold. Bright orange and pink (a color combo we never tire of) brightened up the collection, especially when it came to a super pretty skirt-and-shirt look. The bold fur cape-like coats in bright orange and in bright pink were some of our favorite pieces in the collection.
Many of the looks were styled with tailored bermuda shorts, and while we don’t know if we could ever personally attempt the look without coming off like a schoolboy (especially when worn with a matching blazer), we think it’s a commendable way to shake up the classic suit combination for anyone daring enough!