It looks like Giorgio Armani has entered his blue period with his Emporio Armani collection. The designer went as far as to project the word Blue@ onto his cauliflower blue backdrop, just in case anyone happened not to pick up on how this rich hue would dominate Armani's collection during the subsequent show.
But as strong as the blue theme was, which the designer off set with shades of black and white, it was Armani's clever ploy of using striping to delineate his designs that really gave this collection its sense of urgency.
He did this with some straight forward striping on the hems of cropped pants, which came crafted out of sequins or panels of metallic fabric. There were also classic trim outlines along the edges of tailored jackets which showed up in strong contrasting colors.
Armani pushed the striping idea even further in some of his fabric choices, by bringing together matte and shine materials or sheer and opaque textiles as astute variations on the theme. Even the cut of the clothes themselves- like a cropped jacket over a form-fitting top - alluded to Armani's fascination with stripes.
The designer also made sure to play to the younger customer that this line is intended for. He offered up sartorial options that took advantage of the world's more youthful fashionista's willingness to experiment. It was for them that Armani created transparent blue PVC shorts worn under baby doll dresses, or created cocktail dresses in metallic blue, and quirky footwear-like sneaker-sandal hybrids or glossy, patent-leather Vans.
As blue as this show was, it was rather uplifting in its surprising originality.