GIORGIO ARMANI likes to focus an entire collection around one colour – and today he chose grey, in an attempt to prove that the Armani treatment can take even the most bland of shades and give it life.
He sprinkled lime green throughout, so that three-quarter length, wide-legged, pleat-fronted trousers came over lizard skin pumps that added a flash of colour or softly tailored jackets had green peeping from the button holes.
As Macy Gray sang Here Comes The Rain Again and then Queen’s Under Pressure took over, there was no sense of Macy’s blues or any pressure at all, as the girls walked along together two by two – the Armani way – their sassy office wear, identikit waved hair and low-heeled lace-up boots giving them not a care in the world.
The grey was whipped into Armani’s current favourite waffled silk jackets, featured green go faster stripes down the sides of silky track pants, was shredded into split sleeves on a square cut jacket, or sparkled like spun sugar on a stiff shawl.
Sheepskin bags smothered in pompoms or in wide mesh knit added a light-hearted attitude to what was otherwise a languid, relaxed collection – and the grey looked most elegant transformed into every combination of glittering, attention-seeking eveningwear. For even if an Armani woman is feeling grey, she still looks the part.