The Scene: It was an athletic crowd at Armani's show where the EA7 Olympia Milano basketball team, which the designer sponsors, sat along with Olympic world ski champion Christof Innerhofer.
The Inspiration: Luc Besson’s Nikita, which for Armani meant strong clothes that everyone could wear.
The Look: While Armani's inspiration may have conjured up sharp cuts and power suiting, it was a surprisingly soft collection with mostly relaxed, mannish silhouettes, all of which came in a palette of dark neutrals. Androgynous slightly oversized suiting (along with Lucite ties and oversized bowler hats!), wide leg trousers cut above the ankle, shaggy furs, polka dotted tops, pinstripe trousers, tiered mini dresses and lots of velvet for evening made for a parade of wearable looks that will appeal to a wide age demographic. Arguably the best and most memorable looks were separates lined with pearls (trousers with pearls down the sites of the pant legs, for example).
The Accessories: Boxy crossbody bags, structured clutches, patent loafers, patent heels with bows and drop earrings.
The Beauty: Cropped black hair and charcoal eyes.
The Takeaway: Lucky for women who want to be stylish and comfortable, the Armani woman this season is strong without being sausaged into sharply tailored fitted garments.