June 28, 2006

Armani, Clooney show that aging can be sexy

By Sophie Hardach

MILAN (Reuters) - Giorgio Armani gave his younger rivals a
lesson in effortless cool on Wednesday, showing shirts and
suits so casually sexy actor George Clooney says they could
help him cope with aging.

Men wearing broad-shouldered pinstripe suits and dandy
shoes strolled down the catwalk in small groups, hands in their
pockets or arm-in-arm with chic girls in flowing silk trousers
and jauntily tilted Parisian berets.

"It's beautiful. I've only been to one of his shows before,
I haven't really been to menswear shows often," Clooney told
Reuters after the show, in the middle of Milan fashion week.

"I usually can't wear clothes like that because they are
made for men in their 20s, and you've got to understand that
when you're aging, suits become more important."

Leaning against a wall, a champagne glass in his hand and
wearing a black suit, Clooney, 45, reflected the slightly
rakish yet relaxed style that infused the entire show.

It was the only big-name fashion show this week that had
the audience breaking out in spontaneous applause as men with
sunglasses paraded loose trousers and tailored waistcoats,
cardigans that followed the shape of the back without clinging,
and urban suits that had grown-up sex appeal.

"Being sexy as a man is not about being muscular. It's the
way he looks at you, the way he moves ... his way of dressing,"
Armani told reporters after the show.

It was a contrast to Dolce & Gabbana's gym heroes with
six-packs who marched down the catwalk in boxer shorts and
tight briefs on Sunday, and Miuccia Prada's boys in shiny
plastic shorts in primary colors.

Armani preferred loose Bermuda shorts and drawstring
trousers as a holiday look, or pyjama-ish shirts with Nehru