New pop at Emporio Armani, practical wardrobe from Etro in Milan

Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:56pm EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - The digital age was at the forefront of the Emporio Armani fashion show in Milan on Friday with Italian designer Giorgio Armani dotting his womenswear fall line with bold colorful shapes.

In a mainly black collection with flashes of bright color, the 81-year old Armani softened day suits with looser silhouettes in an apparent nod to the 1980s, reinforced by multi-colored jumpers and plenty of sequins.

The autumn/winter 2016/2017 line, called "New Pop", blended "classic style and digital designs", according to show notes.

Armani presented short skirts in shiny patent black and floaty short jumpsuits that looked like skirts for "high-tech heroines".

Small shapes -- circles, squares and triangles -- in pink, yellow, blue and green dotted the black, and a few white, coats, tops, skirts, shorts, dresses and trousers.

The veteran designer, nicknamed "King Giorgio" in Italy, turned to sparkles for the evening, putting shiny black as well as colored sequins on elegant dresses, jackets and coats.

He paired some outfits with bold yellow and pink sturdy round heels. Armani will show his main line, Giorgio Armani, on Monday.

At her fashion show, Veronica Etro returned to a youth in London for an energetic collection for brand Etro, presenting lots of vibrant patterns and embroidery that decorated leather jackets, coats and long dresses.   Continued...

Italian designer Giorgio Armani poses with his models at the end of the Emporio Armani Autumn/Winter 2016 women's collection during Milan Fashion Week, Italy, February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini