Emporio Armani Menswear Spring Summer 2016 Milan
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In this, the 40th year of his company, Giorgio Armani is sticking to what he knows best. Giving men (and women) evergreen looks that act like building blocks for a designer wardrobe. 

However, at his Emporio Armani show, on the first full day of the Spring/Summer 2016 Milan menswear season, there were a few subtle changes afoot. The entrance to the show venue was lined with 10 sleek Vespa scooters that had been designed in conjunction with the house. Does it get more Italian than that?

Then, once inside the theater, its traditional straight-lined catwalk had been transformed into a graphic green-lit rectangle, while rows of seating had been removed for a more intimate environment. 

None of these changes were dramatic. Much like the designer's collections, the shifts were on the subtle side. Layering a bit of newness into the familiar, so as not to startle — only to satisfy. 

This time on the catwalk, Armani wove into his traditional pleat-fronted tapered pants, unlined suits and preferred muted-hued separates in shades of blue, grey, and bottle green, some unexpected fabric treatments. This meant the surprising addition of a paisley print on jackets, trousers, and accessories. A polka dot patter came to life in perforations punched into pants. And glossy textiles such as nylon, silk, and burnished leathers added a polished finish to the sporty yet refined show. 

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