The close-up details from Milan Men’s Fashion Week

With each season and with each jacket going down the runways, the relevance and influence of sportswear in luxury fashion seems more and more evident. It comes as no surprise that Mr. Armani – fashion’s greatest avant-gardist since the dawn of Italian Ready-to-Wear – is bringing an athletic boost on his Emporio Armani runway, perfectly blending with his signature tailored refinement.

A hybrid experimentation is the leitmotif of the menswear collection, that makes full use of iridescent fabrics in metallic blue, ice and coppery brown hues. Slouchy, oversize silhouettes are declined in wide leg trousers, draped and roomy blazers; tracksuits and windbrakers have crinkled surfaces, or constructed with transparent and glossy nylon panels. The sporty touch is enhanced by the drawstring – placed at the neckline of shirts and pants elastic waistbands, while the utility pockets are useful for carrying any tool or gadget that the contemporary man – super-man – needs when facing his everyday challenges.

The Spring/Summer 2020 show had an unexpected finale: 20 Olympic and 9 Paralympic athletes from the Italian team (including Bebe Vio and Alex Zanardi) walked down the catwalk. Blue with the Italian flag colours arranged in a circle, the new EA7 Emporio Armani uniforms were specifically designed by the King for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games in 2020, as the latest result of his partnership begun in 2012 with Coni and Cip – Comitato Paralimpico Italiano. The tracksuit pays homage to Japan, through Nipponese references in silhouettes and graphics, and, of course, to the beloved Italy, through the verses of the Italian hymn printed on the lining of the jackets.

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