February 25, 2000
It was a welcome treat to see Giorgio Armani do what he does best: dress sophisticated women in classic, chic clothes. The suitArmani's forte and the season's leitmotifplayed an appropriately prominent role in this collection. But forget untailored and slouchy--these suits were sharp, closely cut and sexy, in jet-black or gray. There were also cropped fur jackets with blue and lavender highlights, colorful striped tops and embroidered trousers in shades of mint green and coral. For evening, Armani indulged in a series of floor-length sophisticated black-and-white beaded gowns, which explains why he remains the darling of the international cocktail party set.