Of course, Armani isn’t one to take a sailor theme literally, even when he’s using navy-and-white stripes. His distinctive hand shows in his taste for floppy, supple fabrics; and his small jackets and delicate layerings of sheer and opaque project the effortless, cheerful vibe that’s becoming a main message of the season.
In his lightened-up mood Armani has come to terms with showing some skin, as with slouchy, midriff-baring pants and leggy little dresses (the standouts came with sequined stripes). And was that a sense of whimsy peeking through in the embellishmentsthe Schiaparelliesque starfish, crabs, and lobsters sprinkled on tanks and bags? The collection navigated that touch of surrealist humor, too, without sailing off course.