by Penny Martin .

With Giorgio Armani, we commence our first ever Milan Fashion Week!

If ever there was a spectacular setting to see my first Milanese fashion show, it is Tadao Ando's extraordinarily brutalist Armani Theatre, where Giorgio Armani's mainline collection was set only half an hour ago. Whereas last season's collection focused solely on eveningwear, Spring/Summer '07 was literally split in two, with the first half of the show featuring all the classic daywear we associate him with: structured jackets with nipped in waists and palazzo pants that swung as the models walked to reveal jewelled, mid-height shoes with pointed toes. All the elements of restrained dressing you could find in no other current fashion collection, in fact. As the back-projected imagery at the end of the catwalk changed from day to night, however, the outfits switched to shimmering red-carpet gowns, mostly displaying a 30s, Jean Harlowesque silhouette and made from liquid satin or encrusted with crystalline embroidery. Each was finished off, like Alek Wek here, with a broad brimmed hat. Well, after all his RED shenanigans last week, who could deny him a bit of good old fashioned glamour?

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