Armani's black velvet, Missoni's knits wrap Milan fashion

Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:14pm EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - Giorgio Armani wrapped Milan Fashion Week on Monday with a fall collection for his main line dedicated to luxurious black velvet.

The 81-year-old Italian, whose designs were worn by Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio and nominee Cate Blanchett at Sunday's Academy Awards, made the material the protagonist of his autumn/winter 2016/2017 line, using it in trousers, tops, coats and glittering evening wear.

Models stepped onto the catwalk in round collared black velvet jackets paired with wide leg trousers.

Show notes said Armani has "always loved this material for its subdued, intense splendor".

Jacquard jackets with dabs of pale pink and blue added color, as did a selection of floral designs -- knit suits, silky trousers, tunic tops and chiffon dresses -- later sequined with sparkles for the evening.

Armani also mixed other textures to all black outfits, including satin, fringes and ruffles on jackets worn with velvet trousers.

Black lacquer collars were added to velvet evening jackets while strapless gowns fit for the red carpet mixed black velvet with lace and sparkling black embroidery. Among footwear, there were nude fishnet ankle boots with black toe caps.

For the finale, Armani, who also used black as the basis color for his Emporio Armani line unveiled on Friday, presented a black halter neck top, slit at the waist with black trousers under a black tulle cape.   Continued...

Italian designer Giorgio Armani poses with models at the end of his Autumn/Winter 2016 woman collection show during Milan Fashion Week, Italy, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY