“The New Chic” was how Giorgio Armani defined his fall collection,according to program notes. And since Armani prides himself onmaintaining a constant minimum of high chic, grounded in hislong-established house codes of strong, sophisticated tailoring andelegant evening attire — dually represented here — the question was whatdid he consider new? No, not the fringy, in-your-face hats (distractingheadgear has also recurred over the years) but color: saturated Crayolatones, such as orange, cherry red, pink and the deep emerald green thatopened the show on two slick, shiny jackets — one that cut away in thefront, the other trim and cropped. Both were made from luxe exotic skinsand worn over velvet shorts, items that combined two of thecollection’s other newsy motifs.

 

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