Giorgio Armani Men's RTW Spring 2011

Escapism has been a running theme this season, but Giorgio Armani knows that guys still have to work. For spring, he served up a lightweight wardrobe that was varied, of-the-moment and – above all – effortless. With a summertime city slicker in mind, the designer combined classic with casual in just the right doses.

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The first look out – a crisp double-breasted jacket in linen worn with roomy trousers – set the tone for a breezy take on tailoring.

Sport coats – mostly two-button and cut short and tight in classic cotton blends, weightless jerseys or slightly iridescent fabrics – flaunted Armani’s sophisticated, yet light touch.

Armani Trousers

He brightened up his signature palette of beiges and grays with cool blues and touches of citrus yellow, which he applied to suede desert boots, belts, ties and sporty blousons in tech-y fabrics. While some trousers – set high on the waist – boasted his signature pleats, the silhouette seemed slimmer.

The finale to this succinct show was a squad of crisp, cool jackets, buttoned-up shirts and easy trousers, giving men a host of reasons to look forward to the weekdays.

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