Giorgio Armani couldn’t have picked a more suitable name for his strong Emporio Armani show than “Neat.” As the show notes put it, he aimed for “a way of being and expressing yourself that is simple and natural.” The parade of lovely pieces captured that mood with clean silhouettes and a lightness Armani hasn’t demonstrated in some time.

While he started with several men’s wear-inspired looks — Prince of Wales-checked coats with matching shorts or a folded skirt — the clothes had a feminine feel, as in the draped and layered dresses rendered in a languid fit. A palette of nudes, naturals and pastels added a softness to the shapes, particularly when Armani combined the tones in one look. The pretty confetti tweed coat over a faded color-blocked dress looked, like most of the collection, chic and spirited.

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