June 29, 2008 Paris
At a time when designers have been producing tricky, experimental trouser shapes (and Armani, to be fair, has been among them in recent seasons), these will be manna to pants-loving women who've spent so long in the wilderness. So, too, will some of his jackets, especially the precisely tailored, neatly square-shouldered tuxesand, for anyone with an eye for an attention-grabbing evening look, the glam silver python number. Of course, tailoring is only half of what Armani has to offer in couture. For full-on event dressing, he has countless solutions in beading and chiffon. Best, though, was the simplest: a strapless column, half black, half white, tied with a velvet bow under the bust. It was old-school glamour nailed with a modern minimalist's eye: the thinglike the pantsuitMr. Armani excels at.