Pairing sneakers with suits is now a commonly accepted practice. But for Emporio Armani, it’s long been the label’s preferred mode of sportive sprezzatura.
For spring ’16, trainers came in high-shine finishes and incorporated more polished details, including dress-shoe-style buckling, monk straps and fine suedes. Shapes ranged from slip-on sneakers to more classic runners.
In some looks, kicks were replaced with spiffy oxfords (worn with socks at times) with chunkier contrast soles in shades of teal, white or rust. The takeaway was not cohesive — and iffy styling choices didn’t help.
Looser pant shapes (again, nothing new for Armani, but in vogue yet again after years of toothpick tailoring) did imbue elegance, but strange berets, graphic tees and cropped jackets were distracting.
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