By Jo Winterbottom
MILAN (Reuters) - Giorgio Armani's retro spy style and luxury looks won whistles and loud applause after his winter 2009 menswear show here on Tuesday, as buyers and journalists acknowledged a classic show from the doyen of Italian fashion.
Armani, the last of the big names to present his ideas, chose velvets and silks mixed with tweed in blacks, greys and night-sky blues for his men to wear next winter.
Spies came to mind as models walked down the catwalk, their hands in the pockets of dark, shiny mackintoshes wearing tall dark fedoras and shades.
Velvet -- already a trend at Milan's shows -- was everywhere, in trousers, jackets, shirts and coats, as well as gowns for a couple of female models who joined the show.
A black velvet evening coat swept down to the knee and was matched with velvet shoes, while for the women, a long black gown was held barely there by the narrowest of halter necks.
Armani, known for his classic lines and soft looks, made a collar into a velvet fringed scarf or stood it high in pale speckled blue under a velvet jacket.
There were warm, wraparound coats in sheepskin or wool, and heavy jackets.
Armani's men carried their hats as well along with gloves and a slim portfolio or a big squashy travel bag. Continued...