Black and white and a little bit of turquoise. Emporio Armani’s catwalk show hosted in Milan was certainly a return to back to basics in a safe colour palette. Approximately sixty looks were featured on the runway and the first segment was Armani’s clean take on the androgynous Le Smoking style Yves Saint Laurent first coined in 1966. Models with pixie short haircuts marched on in pantsuits, jackets and neckpieces resembling a tie.
The middle segment of the show focused on a more feminine look and showcased many ensembles with above the knee cut skirts. Pinstripes were used on a few garments, but most items focused on the drape and cut of the solid coloured or textured fabric that was often paired with a bowler type hat.
Pearls were another key feature in the collection and studded garments head to toe including hats, handbags, neckpieces, footwear, jackets, trousers and tops. The overall feel was luxuriously classic, clean and offered a choice between a masculine or feminine look, with nothing too shocking, daring or adventurous as has come to be expected of this diffusion line label.
Emporio Armani is mainly designed by Giorgio Armani and is a yearly spectacle during Milan Fashion Week while Giorgio’s other diffusion lines Armani Collezioni, Armani Jeans, and Armani Exchange do not host a catwalk show.
by Cynthia Gregoire
Photos courtesy of Style.com