June 22, 2008
The days when cruise collections were all about clothes for holidays and parties are long gone. The 30 looks in Giorgio Armani's latest ran a full gamut, from a reinterpretation of Armani's office-bound classic suit to a midnight blue tux. Draping was a theme: Tops were gathered to one side with a single button. The emphasis was on a long, fluid silhouette in soft, natural fabrics like linen and shantung. Pants were full enough to evoke the languorous loungewear of a thirties vedette. Calm and restrained as the collection was, there were still a few of the eccentric touches that Armani injects to keep things interesting for himself: a hit of color here, an abstract floral print there.