Now in his 80th year, Giorgio Armani is still hardwired into the electrical currents powering fashion forward. Which right now, for menswear, is clothing that feels as good as it looks and looks as relaxed as a globetrotting jet-setter on vacation.
For his Emporio Armani collection the designer focused his energy on knitwear, sophisticated layering and artistic flourishes like brushstroke motifs breaking up the patterns of plaid tweeds or velvet pieces.
But as casual as the lineup looked, nothing was left to chance. Plus the addition of a whiff of military vigor, specifically in the jauntily worn garrison caps and more abstractly in the judicious use of polished bright silver zippers to accent everything from the inseam of pants to the off-center edges of jackets, gave the lineup a sense of purpose.
While the heavy eye makeup on the models looked misplaced, this was a small stylistic misstep for a show that had quite a lot going for it.