Claude Monet would have had a lot in common with Giorgio Armani — the former never tiring of painting his pretty garden and ponds, the latter forever plying a gentle femininity, sometimes against the prevailing tides of fashion.
Those passions came together beautifully on the Emporio runway for spring — all watery pastels and blurred florals alighting on languid tailoring and frothy cocktail dresses.
The collection had a young spirit in the shapes: small, cardiganlike jackets in papery and glossy fabrics; wide-leg pants that sometimes narrowed toward the ankle like a water lily closing at night, and short, shoulder-baring dresses with tiered ruffles or light metallic embroideries. Models came out two by two, their small caps of hair wound into tight ringlets, and usually toting handbags.
Here, Armani was right in step with the printed accessories trend, including a carpet bag with a painterly scene that left quite an impression.