The lightness of Emporio Armani

AP/AFP – Giorgio Armani said he wanted to dress his Emporio Armani woman in air — a seemingly impossible task. He just about succeeds.

The collection was a study of lightness and movement, softness in materials, silhouette and color palette. “It is difficult to define beauty,” the designer said. “There are many women who can be beautiful in their own way.”

A wide-trouser jumpsuit in denim blue had a hippie feel with a cropped crushed velvet jacket. Tulle tops danced over silky trousers, accented by a tangle of beads. By nightfall, a silvery mood descended with a metallic sheen on organza trousers and gathered zipper jackets, accented by chain-mail earrings and breast-plates recalling the 1970s disco era. Footwear included pointy flat mules, high-top sneakers and knee-high military boots.

“There’s a need for air, attention to nature and, most of all not, to be swept away by the vortex of novelty that sometimes can be too intellectual, other times too basic and yet other times suffer an excess of eclecticism,” Armani said. “Let’s return to being more normal, thinking of the men and women who live around us.”