Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is set to have quite a fashion week to remember this season. Continuing on his efforts to be socially responsible in light of COVID-19 (Armani was the first few designers to switch to an audience-less fashion show), the Emporio Armani spring/summer 2021 collection was presented digitally yesterday. On Sunday (Singapore time), the Giorgio Armani collection will be a 40-minute presentation that is said to include an introductory documentary, and for the first time, will be aired on the Internet as well as Italian television channel La7.
Building Dialogues is Emporio Armani's spring/summer 2021 collection video that depicts a somewhat futuristic urban landscape. It's reminiscent of sci-fi, dystopian cinematic films, in that the environment is sterile and almost clinical, with the fashion choices having an almost homogenous quality to them—at times, the clothes seem to blend in with the architecture. Yet, Building Dialogues isn't sinister in its approach. In fact, there was a sense of freedom and joy, especially in the choreographed dance routines by principal dancer Germain Louvet and famed dance duo Les Twins.
As with a typical Emporio Armani runway show, the video transitions from light to dark as the fashion's whites and greys are taken over by an assortment of blacks. But unlike a physical Emporio Armani show, the video presentation ends on a cliffhanger. A mysterious multicoloured orb that's been hovering over the concrete architecture, slowly descends towards a clearing as the Emporio Armani spring/summer 2021-clad group looks on in awe and anticipation. Then, the video cuts off.
What is the orb? Is there anything inside of it? What does it all mean? We may never really find out for sure. Perhaps, therein lies the dialogue that Armani wants to start…
Look and feel: There's always a consistency to every Emporio Armani collection (in fact, every of Armani's creations). The silhouettes are always Armani to a T—loose tailoring that's nipped in slightly at the waist, paired with generously cut trousers that pool beautiful towards the hem, and lightweight and unstructured blousons. For spring/summer 2021, they're punctuated with oversized checks and sleeveless blazers.
The evening selections were hardly formal. Armani opted instead to continue with the ease and airy quality of the collection's preceding looks. Gauze-like knitted blazers were embroidered with graphic patterns and worn over tanks of the same treatment (looks 43 and 44), while monochromatic black ensembles played on textures and sheens brought about by metallic yarns.
Favourite looks: Look 15 is something we don't see quite often at Emporio Armani. The aforementioned sleeveless blazer (you can clearly tell that the shoulders were padded) was cut in a pistachio green and layered over a tank of a richer green. It's the accompanying accessories that sold it for us too: a braided leather toggle belt and woven leather shoes. It's summer broken suiting done the Armani way.
For something that's bound to be a wonderful wardrobe investment, look 51's all-black chic suit (the blazer is constructed with a button strap placket) that's worn with a simple silk inner layer—one can't go wrong with a timeless black suit. And if you're looking for something quintessentially Armani but with a slight update, a blouson took on a panelled construction set against a translucent layer in look 57.
Favourite accessories: There were not that many to speak of but we're going with those braided leather toggle belts as seen on multiple looks throughout the collection.