There was an air of nostalgia at the Emporio Armani "summer breeze" show, whose ensembles conjured memories of Armani's hits from all the four decades he has been in the business.
The show started with hot-fix applique 70s retro floral printed jumpers and culminated in a pastel colored oversized double breasted blazer paired with chunky disk-shaped earrings reminiscent of fashion's heyday of the 90s.
There was also a hint that all the young blood that Armani has been hosting at his eponymous theater has had an effect on him. Elaborately shaped laser cut leather jackets, clown striped trench coats, and a cheeky t-shirt with a smiley face threw us for a whirl.
Made for a girl on the go, bubbly, puckered belted-cuffed pants; neck-tie scarves; oriental collar over coats; and easy street ankle boots were a few evergreen Armani pieces that dominated the runway.
The stage was set with a big orange sun emblazoned with the Emporio Armani name, and the color palette – that was ruled by rich shades of peach, burnt orange, and even lilac, which all supported this Bahamian sunset motif.
As the show came to a close, it all took on a sentimental tone with the voice of legendary Italian singer Zucchero crooning "Wonderful Life" as a tangerine series of cocktail dresses and diaphanous shorts ensembles flew by. Fashion maven Candela Novembre and stylist Ada Kokosar (and many others) lip-synced the words they knew by heart from their seats.
An echo of sadness rung, as the final darkened sun set reminded us that even day will turn to night at the house of Armani when its founder eventually passes the baton after 40 long years.