Mood board: Giorgio Armani transported his Emporio Armani show to Paris this season, culling a continent’s worth of merchandise onto the runway. Trousers seemed to be central pillar around which this collection swirled, though they were not limited to any genre, silhouette, material or even client. Armani showed business-ready pantsuits, young girl silky elephant-printed pyjamas, satin wide leg jogging pants, sheer lavender pants with built-in navy satin shorts and cool-girl oversized cropped wide leg polka dot cotton trousers.
Best in show: The eclecticism of this show had a few moments of settled calm, such as on a navy blue printed pique dress with matching jacket. Another wild winner was a fan print jacket and matching long silk skirt, the pattern of which morphed into 3D appliques in a finale ball skirt.
Finishing touches: Armani’s excess went into overdrive on accessories that pitched high color, and high decoration against his highly optical fashion combinations. Brightly hued intarsia suede bags or big fabric fabrics were worn with red sock shoes, pink socks with flat point toe shoes or red velvet laceup shoes. If this weren’t enough, the models’ hair was in corn row braids and many of them hung Gaucho hats from straps around their necks, letting the hats bounce on their backs.