Giorgio Armani reworked some of his signature micrographic patterns for his Pre-Fall 2015 collection with suits cut with new architectural proportions. Using grey, white and black fabrics, Armani created an architectural edge for each ensemble, making waist jackets with wide side slits from a special polyester and silk material, and a stretch viscose for a chic minidress. These fabrics lent a sculptural element to several looks.

The key silhouette started with a cropped pant, and there were several variations on the theme, ranging from wide-leg pleated trouser with a grid pattern to a slim white tuxedo that was worn with a chic rendition of a workman’s boot—complete with glinting embellishment at the sole. The idea of borrowing from the boys is intrinsic to the way Armani works and it was hardly surprising to see other evening looks, including a draped strapless little black dress, paired with a traditional lace-up brogue.

The label’s classic caban jacket was injected with a dose of volume through the sleeve and shortened through the body, a nice counterpoint to the ankle-nipping line below the waist. This soft touch resonates with what we’ve been seeing on both sides of the pond this season, and there was a good breadth of outerwear for a transitional wardrobe, from full-on colored fur to silk crepe.

The collection is somewhat masculine appeal was softened by its eveningwear, which included a stretch viscose minidress with a rubberized lace bodice and attached vest.