01/17/2012 10:12 EST | Updated 03/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Milan fashion: Armani offers both comfort and elegance for a stylish winter

MILAN - Leave it to Mr. Armani to prove that comfort and elegance can share the same closet.

His menswear winter 2013 collection, which closed the four days of Milan preview presentations Tuesday, had all the items a well-turned-out gentlemen needs, and yet was as comfortable as a pair of jeans and a sweat shirt.

The secret lies in the materials: knitted wool and stretch fabric. The ample cut of the clothes does the rest.

An iconic double-breasted coat — the number one item on a man's shopping list for next winter — comes in knitted wool. A grey business suit is crafted in super soft stretch fabric and has a short deconstructed jacket and pants with extra wide darts. A velvet tuxedo jacket is worn with a simple silk T-shirt.

On the other side of the coin, Armani takes top-drawer pieces and transfers them into casual wear only to hang them back in the fancy side of the closet.

The vest from a three-piece suit gets a zipper and is knitted in Nordic patterns. The same zippered vest returns for eveningwear, this time in monochromatic stretch fabric. A zipper replaces buttons on a silk shirt.

Armani adjusts his traditional urban colour scheme to the comfort theme, drawing inspiration for his winter palette from Alpine scenery: boulder grey, bright sky blue, and Dolomite red, the colour of the mountains surrounding Cortina d'Ampezzo, one of Italy's most exclusive ski resorts.

An array of footwear goes with the new look, from moccasins to classic lace ups, to apres ski boots, the latter perfect to tuck in those fancy velvet tuxedo pants, after a snowy New Year's Eve party.