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Giorgio Armani Menswear A/W11

The Italian master's second show of the week was almost entirely in grey nuances and focused on elegant casual suits and long coats in exciting fabric patterns

The Armani main collection, like its diffusion line a few days earlier, has a focus on long and body tight over coats, often in grey. Actually the majority of the A/W11 collection came in that colour, with Armani even calling it a 'remix of grey'. And remixed it was; it appeared in several nuances and shades, and was visible on coats, as mentioned, but also shirts, jackets, trousers and accessories. Silk printed shirts and outerwear flowed down the catwalk at Armani HQ. The trousers often had 80s inspired front pleats or formal stripes along the sides.

As always Giorgio did as many double breasted jackets as single ones, and even tried his experienced hand at puffa jackets in quilted nylon. There was a black velour section towards the end but only after a short but strong colour injection of pink, lilac and yellow shirts. The sartorially most daring moment, though, came when Giorgio Armani sent a few models down the catwalk with sarongs swept around their waists. He never ceases to amaze.

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