Let in the light. That was Giorgio Armani’s message for spring in acollection infused with a gentleness that did not diminish the power ofthe clothes. His woman, he said after the show, is “ethereal yetdetermined.”

The former quality showed up in his choice of fabrics — whatwasn’t layers of opaque and transparent filminess was utterly fluid andmoveable — Armani insisted on materials supple enough to realize theease of motion he wanted to convey. “I fought with my team because I didnot want any rigidity,” he said.

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