Giorgio Armani believes in titling a show as much as he believes that black pants go with everything. His fall Emporio effort was known as Crossing Colors, with purple and black, red and black, and purple, red and black doing the crossing.
Armani might have considered calling his collection Crossing Cultures, as he consistently paired items typically associated with business attire — tailored trousers and neat, fitted jackets — with bohemian ikat patterns and bright, festive furs. There was also a clunky clash of details, as red bows were plunked on jackets and sculptural ruffles trimmed dresses, collars and cuffs. The latter constituted one of the show’s more appealing moments, given the only colors colliding were black and white.
The cumbersome contrasts actually forced you to consider the pieces individually. A multicolored ikat zip-up fur jacket paired with black wide-legged cropped pleated pants with a strap at the ankle was less a cohesive look than two mismatched items with potential. The pants had a modern, artsy proportion and the jacket was an eccentric statement piece.