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With the dulcet tones of Nico Fidenco’s Legata A Un Granello Di Sabbia serenading the audience and a backdrop of an Italian beach sunset, the Giorgio Armani show evoked the ultimate Italian summer and the ever-aspirational “dolce vita”. This season marked a return to the basement show space on Via Borgonuovo after more than 20 years. With social distancing and Covid restrictions still limiting audience numbers, the intimate show space that in the 90s got too small, is once again the ideal place for Mr Armani to share his creations with the audience close up – making us feel as if we could have “reached out and touched” them, as the show notes relayed. Had we, we would have felt macrame shirting, beaded tank tops, crochet and raffia T-shirts and intricate leatherwork all bound with rope accents and knotted scarves and grounded with lace-up leather gladiator sandals. The palette progressed through the timespan of sunset hues mirroring the huge screen behind; nautical navy and whites moved onto late afternoon greens and blues before early evening scarlet, lilac and magenta streaked across the collection.

Taking us into night, the show closed with shimmering, almost iridescent jewel-toned dresses in lightweight tulle appliquéd in a million twinkling crystals as if the rising moon was bouncing off them.It was a show that presented a “metissage of exquisitely Armanian tropes” and culminated in a standing ovation for Mr Armani who, as ever, exuded a heartfelt happiness to be enjoying his day in the sun.

Photography courtesy of Giorgio Armani.