Giorgio Armani: Oh, those lazy, hazy, not so crazy days of summer — Giorgio Armani loves them. He loves “the heat, the murmur of the sea, voices carried on the gentle breeze,” he wrote in his program notes. “A feeling of carefree abandon.” For the collection he showed on Tuesday, Armani sought to capture that sense of summer ease, and it made for a fresh, pretty affair.

Accent on the fresh, because this was Armani at his youngest and most relaxed, despite the sometimes overwrought styling that didn’t quite achieve the hoped-for kookiness. But no matter, it’s the clothes the count, and the Armani faithful from Milan to Hollywood will be lining up for these. A navy-and-white checkerboard runway set the tone for the motif that Armani would manipulate throughout, suiting it to his imaginary muse, a woman “like a sailor’s girl.” To wit, the overt embrace of nautical references looked appropriately jaunty yet feminine, even girly at times, as Armani navigated the message to varying effect — sporty, flirtatious, a bit naughty, but always with an attitude of offhand, casual ease.

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