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Milan Fashion Week: Hey guys, party at Giorgio Armani's runway

September 25, 2009 |  4:21 pm


Giorgio Armani cut loose this season with a collection that was younger and fresher than his have been in a long time. There was just a handful of jackets: one in red, white and blue houndstooth; another with origami folds on the shoulders, which when worn with fluid silk, cropped pants and flat patent leather sandals, looked modern and different.

Then it was party time with short poufy skirts (and bloomers!) topped with one-shouldered, geometric print tops and wide belts.

But dresses were the real stars of the show. Colors were bright blue, bottle green, purple and fuchsia, and the silhouette was body conscious, with strapless bodices and above-the-knee lengths (some oddly worn over shorts) that seemed squarely aimed at the daughters of tried-and-true Armani clients.

There were lots of red carpet possibilities too, but not the crystal encrusted gowns we've come to expect from Armani. An electric blue dress with a flippy skirt and a geometric patterned sequin panel down the front, and a striped, crystal-studded tube dress had serious starlet appeal. (Rihanna perhaps?)

It all fell in line with the 1980s trend that is carrying forward into spring, proving that this season, Armani is on the same fashion planet as the rest of the world and not in his own orbit.

-- Booth Moore, reporting from Milan, Italy

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Photo: Giorgio Armani's spring 2010 runway. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times