(18 Jun 2017) SHAWN MENDES WALKS EMPORIO ARMANI RUNWAY IN MILAN
Singer Shawn Mendes took a turn on the Emporio Armani runway Saturday (17 JUNE 2017), showing off the brand’s new smart watch line dubbed “Connected.”
Designers see their future in Millennials, a generation that has unprecedented power to influence and be influenced, thanks to ubiquitous social media. They migrate seamlessly from platform to platform, even from brand to brand.
Mendes appeared in a video promoting the watch at the end of the show, and then appeared in life to show it off and take in the fashion crowd as much as it did him. The touchscreen watch is both Android and Apple compatible.
Giorgio Armani’s latest collection for his Emporio Armani line proposes a dialogue with Japan, no simple cultural appropriation, mixing trademark tailoring with a flourish of martial arts.
Dark blue urban suits had a long billowing under jacket, the first hint of the exotic and a clear statement that this not your salary man’s workaday wardrobe. Suits were worn with either button-down striped shirts or asymmetrical collarless shirts, both paired with leather cords instead of ties. Notched lapel jackets were belted, or not.
A clutch of silken printed jackets, including one with a flock of silvery birds, won a round of appreciative applause.
Armani has long played with volumes. For this collection he incorporated martial arts-style Hakama trousers, pleated split pants that have a skirt-like appearance. To demonstrate its versatility, a model performed a series of karate-style kicks.
The Hakama-style trousers, sometimes silken, sometimes plaid, were worn with baseball jackets or short-sleeved sweaters with Koi detailing.
Hair was pushed from the face with crisscrossing headbands, creating a cartoon Magna-style look of spiking locks.
Stars watching the show included actor Armie Hammer and Italian comedian Rosario Fiorello.
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