In Milan, Giorgio Armani introduced us to a new skirt/trouser hybrid happening. Call it the Skouser, quite simply a wrap-around skirt layered over a pair of slim-fitting trousers, except it wasn’t layered, it was entirely made up of one piece, with the front hemline of the skirt actually morphing into the trouser leg. It was a new one on us, and quite possibly the world.
There were plenty of these Skousers, in all colours – from pastels to black – and they were partnered with everything from furry jackets, to feminine fluttery blouses, and softest funnel-neck flared sleeved sweaters, one, in pretty sea foam proving that they’re nothing if not versatile. Tuxedo trousers and a black velvet dinner suit were other highlights.
Elsewhere for glittering nights, Armani’s clientele will be looking to one of those boxy organza evening jackets decorated in a colourful mosaic of sequins, and for more formal events, the designer rounded off the collection with a finale of prom dresses boasting fanned boned bustiers, grounded in black patent Chelsea boots for contemporary edge. What to wear over?
Armani suggests a silk shawl streaming in shaggy wool fringing, or, like the last exit here today, a painterly watercolour fur coat.