Nice find, other. I'm quoting it because I'd like to compare it with an equally exaggerated version of the 1970s silhouette:
Here we have a narrow, high, concave shoulder; the chest cut close to to the body; wide lapels; pinched waist; flared skirts; trousers tight in the thigh and flaring out below the knee. The silhouette's total effect is of a narrow pyramid: /\. It inverts the classic masculine V. It's a masculine version of a classic women's silhouette, as here in Dior's New Look:
Or you might say it's an updating of a silhouette long unused in mens' wear:
Now look at the Armani droop. Compared to the 70s suits, it's like a massive, aggressively wide V, even with the droop and the lower shoulder. Against the 70s' pyramid silhouette, it asserts the classic masculine triangle with a vengeance. This is why I said earlier that the 80s droop suit is a reaction against the 70s' flirting with femininity.
(A very good analysis--which I've cribbed--of the 1970s silhouette by Sator is here.
And a good one of the 70s' high shoulder here.)
Edited by Testudo_Aubreii - 3/29/12 at 7:58am