Models swapped their usual poker faces for smiles as they stepped onto the runway-in-the-round at Emporio Armani.
Is it any wonder?
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This collection, made for holidays under the sun and stars, was ultra-bright with lollipop colors, sheer fabrics and a lineup of summery jackets to suit every style.
Emporio Armani is the sporty, more adventurous cousin to Giorgio Armani and the designer embraced that carefree spirit, adding shorts and strapless swing dresses. For evening, Armani paired cropped, embellished tops and long skirts for a look with bellydancer flair.
The stars of the show were the jackets, which came in a dizzying display of shapes, sizes and textures. Standouts included an oversized jacket in cream bouclé; a more tailored style in apple green with ribbon ties, and a sheer pink one with elastic at the back.
Sheer and transparent fabrics layered over shorts, halters or underwear have been stealing the show across Milan, and Armani leaned right in. He sent out short, strappy — or strapless — dresses in purple or mint, and even whipped up sheer, low-heel booties.
Oversized plastic totes were transparent, too, as were chunky bracelets. They were clear or tinged with the collection’s sweet greens and purples.
For evening, Armani kept it sporty with low heels, or no heels, and ensembles designed for dancing. He paired long, swooshy skirts with halter tops so embellished, or bejeweled, that the beaming models made noise when they walked.
Wearing bright, knotted headscarves, these ladies were ready for a bellydance, a great way to tone the abs, or an evening swaying under the Mediterranean, or Pacific stars. While their expressions at times seemed awkwardly forced — how do you teach a usually poker-faced model to grin? — there was nonetheless plenty to be cheerful about here.
Launch Gallery: Emporio Armani RTW Spring 2024
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