Armani honored the memory of suffering Ukraine with a silent show

Written ReutersMilan, Italy

Giorgio Armani turned off the music to hold a Milan fashion show in silence on Sunday, out of respect for the people involved in the Ukrainian conflict.

Models walked the runway in eerie silence, punctuated by applause from the audience, in short pastel-colored jackets and shiny, sequined black and silver dresses.

A model walks the runway at the Giorgio Armani show on Sunday during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jacopo Raoulle/Getty Images

“My decision not to use any music was taken as a sign of respect for the people involved in the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine,” the designer said in a message under a black banner on his Twitter account.

“The best thing to do is to send a message that we don’t want to celebrate because something very disturbing is going on around us,” the 87-year-old designer, visibly touched, said later on the sidelines of the show.

A model walks the runway at the Giorgio Armani show on Sunday during Milan Fashion Week.

A model walks the runway at the Giorgio Armani show on Sunday during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jacopo Raoul/Getty

Both male and female models wore black velvet coats, jackets and trousers for the Fall/Winter 2022 collection, sometimes with dashes of blue or red. There were also bright blue silk evening dresses and sleeveless blouses, embroidered tops, long white jumpsuits and floral prints.

Designs from Armani’s core line have traditionally lifted the curtain on Milan Fashion Week, which this season featured mostly in-person shows rather than digital launches, including from brands like Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.

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