No matter what the occasion you can’t go wrong with Armani. I don’t remember who said that but it certainly true this Fall. Armani has long been a favorite with the stylish women of Charleston. Armani is classics with an edge. It is not a sharp in your face edge but a soft not to be forgotten edge. Yves Saint Laurent made pant suit fashionable for women but Armani made wearing a pantsuit acceptable for professional women in all careers from actresses to lawyers. His power suits despite their masculine tailoring and clean lines always have a soft femininity about them.
His evening gowns project a difference kind of power. They are not the cumbersome, elaborate, expose all, over the top costumes often presented on the runways. Armani’s evening gowns are exquisitely simple allowing the power of the wearer’s personality to dominant. His color palette this fall is mainly monochromatic hues of warm pale beiges with touches of dark grey and cool lavenders and blues.
Suzy Menkes reviewing the collection for the New York Times wrote, “The truth is that it takes a certain courage and conviction to try simple cover-up clothes. Whereas baring it all looks increasingly like yesterday’s trend.”
Armani is available at Rapport on King Street.