2009 February 27
Emporio Armani - Milan Fall 2009
(MILAN) Girls will be girls, at least this season. Kneesocks aside, Mr. Armani offered up a young, playful coterie of femme separates that can't help but appeal to those looking for a respite from his more menswear-focused seasons. Kicky little dresses, graced with loose ruffles here and there, beautifully complimented a stellar line of equally gussied-up coats, most memorably the series of mid-length loden and black toppers that drew the show's first round of applause. Despite the 58 exits, most featuring two models à la fois, each felt like a fresh variation on this season's theme. Was it only last week that the designer toasted his new Armani/ 5th Avenue store? Come Fall, there will be even more reasons to drop in.