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Emporio Armani Menswear S/S12

Inspired by 'lightness' for summer, floaty, voluminous shapes were used to reinvent suits and evening wear for a more laid-back look

With inspiration for Spring Summer named simply as 'Lightness', Armani produced a collection that had plenty of volume, flow and loose fitting shapes. It looked liked it was back to the 80s heyday for further references, with wide leg, double darted and pleated trousers, oversized suit jacket lapels and collars, double breasted jackets and a certain sheen to the silk pieces. Grey and blue were the colours of choice, leaving anything darker for a few select pieces of evening wear. Checks were also seen throughout the season's collection, something noticed across a number of other designers, coming up in varying grey tones.

Softer abstract prints, also in light colours, appeared on a number of different pieces including shirts, loose trousers, jackets and full suits. Interesting shapes made up a number of stand out pieces including long hooded sheer cardigans, asymmetric fastenings on biker jackets and hooded macs. Wide neck loose knits and high belted cropped ankle trousers also gave the collection a contemporary edge. Must have items included the double breasted, contrast collar formal jackets and colour fade, cropped sleeve cardigans.