Anyone into their headwear will know that the biggest news in hats this season is the beret - just glance at the Instagram feed of any fashion blogger worth their salt for photographic evidence.
But for next season at Giorgio Armani, the designer has really taken the idea and run with it.
At today’s autumn/ winter 2018 show at Milan Fashion Week, models wore oversized floppy faux fur versions in grey with bright flashes of pink, and hippy-style striped berets perched on the back of their heads.
In parts, this collection felt inspired by the Tudor era.
To this end, pantaloon puffball shorts and skirts were worn with over-the-knee flat lace-up boots, while jacket and shirt sleeves were balloon shaped. Those huge hats were even reminiscent of those worn by Henry VIII, as were the fitted embroidered jackets.
Of course being an Armani show there was plenty of tailoring and eveningwear on show for the brand’s core customer. A recurring item was a pair of loose velvet trousers with a louche peplum, which were paired with sparkly blazers as well as jackets and knitwear with batwing sleeves.
For those not into velvet, further trousers were made from a crumpled fabric, while others were sequinned. Long skirts were styled with a knot at the ankle and worn with flat ankle boots.
This was a co-ed show, featuring menswear as well as womenswear, and male models also wore velvet suits. The colour palette throughout was grey and soft black with hints of pink, purple and blue. Armani’s second show of Milan Fashion Week - Emporio Armani - shows in the city tomorrow.