Never mind the “reflection on the dialogue between fashion, current trends and contemporary artistic talent” noted in the Emporio Armani spring program. If anything, it seemed that Giorgio Armani was reflecting on the classic getups of Deauville of yore — a stock fashion reference that looked new in the designer’s hands.

Retro French fashion isn’t typically his thing, but he made great use of the black-and-white and mannish versus feminine tropes as in short-sleeve jackets with open necks and long, easy blazers tailored his way in white piped with black and vice versa, topped off with boaters.

That was the steady color story on cropped pants, slim skirts with asymmetrical hems and halter dresses, with a few pretty pastels and painterly prints worked in. Armani kept the trickery at bay, the exception being a few suspension tops that floated around the body and brought to mind hoopskirts. Still, they crystallized a key factor in the collection — lightness and ease.

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