Blue is all around. Forget hyacinths – the promise of spring manifests itself most compellingly in a freshly laundered dress. Sweet florals and languorous silk lingerie styles abounded on the catwalks, set against a profusion of dazzling sequinned and ruffled options for wild summer nights, but don’t get carried away just yet: ease yourself into the season with true blue. Wear with longline blazers now to ward off lingering chills; switch up with espadrilles as summer temperatures rise.
As Armani enters its 40th anniversary year, it felt fitting that this couture presentation would celebrate the ideas that have been fundamental to the designer during his four decades in luxury.
And so Giorgio Armani looked to the orient – with bamboo printed in jackets and appliqued onto dresses glazed with a veil of shimmering beadwork, obi belts in lavish satin, and a muted colour palette of greys, blue and sage green. “Nature seen through culture,” the notes described. Similarly, earlier in the day, Karl Lagerfeld had invited us into his Chanel paper foliage jungle.
With a foot now into awards season, lavish feather dresses made for especially standout pieces – no doubt soon to swap the catwalk for the red carpet, where they’ll fit in a treat. In a world where fashion moves forward in the blink of an eye, it’s good to sometimes be reminded that true glamour never goes out of fashion.
As the season’s blend together and trends fly by ever faster, so transitional pieces gain greater value. A case in point? The spring coat, fashioned in breezy wool or supple leather. Practical, wearable, efortlessly stylish: make it your new fashion failsafe.
Add a pop of colour to your coat to brighten up a rainy day – tangerine and lemon seen at Emilio Pucci and Michael Kors, or Dior and Miu Miu’s candy pink.
Lightweight leathers provide the perfect mid-season coat for the unpredictable British weather or take a styling cue from Miu Miu – roll up your sleeves to further the transitional season aesthetic.