July 06, 2009 Paris
Armani said he'd been influenced by black-and-white movie heroines and set the show to forties movie soundtracks, but the feel wasn't overtly retro. His best looks—wispy black lace T-shirts fashioned in a grid pattern and slipped under suits in black velvet or paillettes, along with the odd sportswear touch like an ivory hoodie and a lace polo shirt—brought a sense of the casual into the mix. The rest of the collection covered the classic mainstays of the Armani couture business: skirtsuits; jet-beaded cocktail pieces; and long, slim evening dresses.
But the finale was an adventurous step away from the predictable: four silver and nude mesh crystal-embellished jumpsuits—another statement about the fashion relevance of wearing pants.