It's clear that Resort is mostly a commercial proposition for Giorgio Armani, at least as far as his Emporio collection is concerned. His latest Resort offering for the label was a fiercely edited dozen-plus looks that offered familiarity rather than experimentation. That meant these were clothes that Armani acolytes could seamlessly slip into their Giorgio-filled closets, particularly the pantsuits. But Armani isn't a lazy designer, so he gave his tropes a twist. One jacket featured a trompe l'oeil doubled hem, suggesting a skirt underneath. Another was shown in a peachy leather. And another—of leather with a lattice overlay—struck a curiously artisanal note. Silhouette-wise, there was a hint of the A-line creeping into jackets, but Armani tamed it with a wide belt. He did, however, let his skirts flare.

Taming is something Armani excels at. The prints of the collection, such as they were, were micrographic florals in muted blues, lilac, and white. In one dress, the colors intensified just enough that Armani veiled them with tulle, restoring the quietude. It's a quality he ranks with femininity and lightness.