September 28, 1999
Armani proposed a light, feminine silhouette for the new millennium, inspired by the lines and colors of Kandinsky. Sea foam, fuchsia, and lime chiffon infused his collection with a delicate dreaminess. But the Armani woman is as practical as she is ethereal, so there were also plenty of pinstriped wool pants, polished linens, and classic tops. The real innovation came in how models wore the pieces: short jackets were shown with low-waisted pants cropped at the ankle, sarongs were overlapped or doubled and floral dresses were paired with tie-dyed cashmere. Armani's explanation: "The real woman of 2000 does not want to be hostage to the rules of fashion. She wants the freedom to create her own look with passion and a sense of self-fulfillment." Enough said.