Originally Posted by Chase Hawisher
The biggest gripe I have with Armani is not that it's bad,
per se*, but rather that it's not great
, and yet it seems to be the first thought of the uninitiated as the be-all end-all of fine clothing.
To be fair lots of brands make some things that are butt ugly at one point or another - if you have a brand 20 years old and you don't have a few misses, you're not taking any risks. I've seen Brioni polyester sportcoats from the 70's that would make your eyes bleed (I can't find pics unfortunately - it was an ebay auction, and it was hilarious.)
One thing to note with Armani - 90% of people who think of Armani thing of Armani Collezioni which is their diffusion label - watered down to be cheaper and accounts for 90% of the Armani clothes you will see out there. Collezioni makes lots of stuff with synthetics which can often be hideous, but even they have a few pieces which are very impressive every now and again. The "real deal" is Giorgio Armani black label which is very nice indeed - on part with E. Zegna. If I could afford to, I'd happily pick up a few black label suits.